Top 10 Cute Facts About Puppies
How could you not love puppies? We are hard-wired to find these miniature tail waggers irresistible. Their squishy, adorable faces, wet noses and little paws you just want to eat up capture us at a primordial level. But there’s actually a lot more to these downy little cuddle monsters. Why don’t ya tag along as we take a look at these adorable little varmints?
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10. Puppies are born helpless.
Like humans, puppies are born without teeth. However, unlike humans, a newborn puppy can’t hear, see or smell, either.
When a puppy is first born, he only responds to warmth and touch.
A puppy doesn’t open his eyes or begin to hear until he’s about 1 to 2 weeks old, according to veterinarian medicine company VCA, Inc., and doesn’t develop full sight until about 6 weeks. They can’t smell much until about three weeks old. Until then, it’s very important for the mini-pooch to stay close to mom and his siblings to eat and grow properly.
9. Puppies sleep a LOT
When it comes to sleeping, the newborn puppy isn’t much different from us humans. According to the American Kennel Club, a puppy gets about 15 to 20 hours of sleep per day. The average newborn human sleeps 16.
And like his human counterpart, the tiny canine spends the rest of his day eating. For the puppy, a lot of growth happens in the first few weeks. A puppy attains half his adult weight at about 14 weeks of age, or five months for large breeds.
8. Your puppy can understand your gestures
Your puppy can understand human social cues like pointing, but it’s something that he learns over time. In 2007, researchers tested 6-, 8-, 16-, and 24-week-old puppies on their ability to decode a human’s finger point.
Though these researchers reported that dogs of all ages could understand the cue and use it to find food under a cup, subsequent analysis by another research group showed that actually, those skills improved over time.
The older the pups were, the better they were able to understand the pointing and choose the correct cup.
7. The word puppy is pretty old
The word puppy has been used for a young dog since the 15th century. It likely evolved from Middle French poupée meaning “doll or toy”. Meaning shifted from “toy dog” to “young dog” in the 1590s, replacing the Middle English word “whelp”.
We still find the word “whelp’ used in modern English as both a noun meaning puppy and more so as a verb for the process of a female dog giving birth. ie whelping a litter of puppies.
6. Speaking of whelping
How many puppies a dog whelps varies by her breed. While a 2011 study of birth data from 224 dog breeds found that the average purebred dog litter consisted of five or so puppies (5.4, to be exact), older and smaller dogs tend to have fewer pups.
The most puppies in a single litter were 24, born in 2004 to a Neapolitan Mastiff in Cambridgeshire.
Oh, you’re gonna love this next fact….
5. Puppy Pee Facial?
The Oxford Dictionary defines “puppy-water” as an obsolete word meaning “the urine of a puppy, formerly used as a cosmetic”.
Yeah, you heard right, puppy pee as a cosmetic. Puppy water’ was a rare but highly regarded cosmetic. It was supposedly good for removing wrinkles, tightening and lightening the skin and eradicating blemishes.
This recipe for ‘puppy water’ appeared in the Book of Receipts, an almanac of recipes and home cures published in 1684 by author Mary Doggett.
We’ll stick to teaching him to pee outside, but thanks.
4. Keep your puppy’s name short
Puppies only listen to the initial syllable of a word- So if your pup is named ‘Princess Pretty Paws’ then the only part of the name that your little girl will come to recognize is ‘Prin!’
Trainers say that your pup will learn and quickly respond to short sounds, making training easier and long-term control of the dog easier; even three syllable words can be confusing for some dogs.
3. Your puppy matures pretty quickly
At one year old, your puppy is no longer considered a puppy. Your little one has become an adult. On average, by the time he reaches 1 year of age, he’s matured as much as a 15-year-old human.
Many dogs will continue to mature after 1 year, but it’s more mentally than physically.
2. Your puppy can have her own puppies
Most pups can be spayed or neutered between 6 and 9 months. We busted the myth that you should wait for your female dog to have a litter of pups of her own before spaying.
In one of the first benchmark studies on pet population trends in the U.S., researchers found that 43 percent of puppy litters in 1996 were unplanned—about 2.6 million compared to 3.38 million planned litters.
Each day in the US, 15 dogs are born to each human born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all these unfortunate pups. Please spay or neuter your pup… and your kitty too if you have one.
1. Why are puppies so cute?
All those facts are fine you say, but what is it about these young animals that make our hearts melt? There are certain features that many baby mammals have in common and these are the triggers that make them appear cute.
Known as ‘baby schema’, these include big eyes, large heads, chubby bodies and soft textures. Babies have these traits, as do puppies.
When we look at a puppy, our brains recognize the features that make us relate to our own young, as outlined in baby schema, and this causes a surge of the neurotransmitter dopamine, the chemical is involved when we fall in love, and it is an enjoyable feeling.
The release of the neurotransmitters dopamine and oxytocin are also associated with the ‘reward’ pathway in our brains.
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