Four Interesting Puppy Facts Every Owner Should Know

Every puppy owner should know these four surprising facts!

1. Puppies can lose their teeth!

Past puppy owners are probably familiar with tiny, sharp, puppy teeth. But there’s always some level of surprise when you find your puppy’s tooth on the ground! As it happens, puppies do, in fact, lose their teeth as they get older. Puppies start with 28 puppy teeth that first appear at three weeks old. At around four months old (depending on the breed), puppies will start to lose those sharp teeth and develop a set of 42 permanent adult teeth. So don’t be too alarmed if you see a tooth on the ground or missing during puppy playtime, but contact your vet if you’re unsure or your dog seems uncomfortable.

2. A warm, dry nose does not necessarily mean “FEVER”!

This is a myth. A dog’s nose temperature can fluctuate during the course of the day, going from hot to cold, dry to moist. Rather than rely on the nose, look at your puppy’s behavior for indicators he might be sick. A puppy’s temperature is considered normal between 100 and 102.5, so always consult with your vet if your puppy seems unwell.

3. Puppies up to four months old can sleep 75 percent of the time.

Puppies need their rest! Sleep helps your puppy save energy for all the growing he’s doing! You should plan for your puppy to sleep between 18 and 20 hours a day. Make sure to keep him on a schedule. Putting together a routine for your puppy will help both of you sleep better.

4. Development depends on size. 

Did you know some puppies grow faster than others? Depending on your puppy’s anticipated adult size, he may grow more quickly or slowly than other dogs. For example, if your dog will weigh more than 100 pounds as an adult, he can be considered a puppy for up to two years! Likewise, if your puppy will only be eight pounds when fully grown, he’s only considered a puppy for 10 months.

Talk With Your Vet

Chances are, when you bring home a new puppy, there will be lots of other things you don’t know. Your veterinarian is a great resource for any other puppy questions you have. Learn more about Royal Canin and get the latest in puppy health and wellness news by signing up for our newsletter.