2Mar 2019

Puppy Love: Cute, Funny & Interesting Facts About Puppies

Puppy Love: Cute, Funny & Interesting Facts About Puppies

THEY LIKE BABY TALK.

Puppies tend to respond when we speak in sing-song tones, but adult dogs don’t react in the same manner.  Puppies also show greater responses to cooing.  Whether or not this is how they like to be talked to or if they are wired to respond to higher pitched sounds and eventually grow out of it – is entirely up for debate.

THEY CAN HELP YOU FOCUS.

Looking at cute pictures of puppies at work is more productive than you’d think. In a 2012 study, Japanese researchers found that viewing pictures of puppies made people better at tasks that required close attention.

THEY GENUINELY LOVE YOU.

Puppies show specific attachments to those that care for them.  They will follow and greet their human owners more than they will strange humans and when you leave the home, they will tend to stay by the door eagerly awaiting your return.

THEIR SENSES DON’T DEVELOP UNTIL A FEW WEEKS AFTER BIRTH.

When they’re first born, puppies only respond to warmth, touch, and smell. Their eyes remain closed, and they can’t hear. Puppies don’t fully develop the ability to hear until they are 4 weeks old, and it is not until 6 weeks of age, on average, that they develop full vision. Once their senses develop, they begin exploring the world and everything else (shoes, carpet, etc.))

PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT VARIES BY BREED.

Puppies don’t all develop on the same timeline. A 2015 study of almost 100 purebred dogs found that different breeds of dogs develop a sense of fear at different times in puppyhood. The researchers put puppies from 4 weeks old to 10 weeks old through several tests designed to provoke a fear response, like making them listen to a loud bang or explore a seesaw. They found that Cavalier King Charles spaniels didn’t show fear-related behavior (like crouching down) until later than German shepherds or Yorkshire terriers. While German shepherds typically began showing a fear response around 35 days old, the spaniels didn’t start avoiding scary stimuli until 55 days old.

THEY UNDERSTAND HUMAN GESTURES AS THEY AGE.

Dogs can understand human social cues like pointing, clapping and other gestures, but it’s something that they learn over time.

PUPPIES LITTER SIZE DEPENDS A LOT ON BREED.

How many puppies a dog has varies by breed.  From as low as 2 puppies a litter to as many as 8 or 9!

IDENTICAL TWINS!

In 2016, a veterinarian encountered what is thought to be the first verified instance of identical twin puppies. When South African vet Kurt de Cramer performed a C-section on a pregnant Irish wolfhound, he discovered that two male puppies shared the same placenta. Later, he had their DNA tested and confirmed that they were, in fact, identical twins.

PUPPIES BEHAVIORAL TRAITS AREN’T SET YET AT 8 WEEKS OLD.

A long-term study of 1235 German shepherd puppies bred at the Swedish Dog Training Center in the late 1970s and early 1980s found that at 8 weeks old, a dog’s personality is not yet developed enough to analyze. The researchers wanted to know if suitability tests for guide dogs and other working dogs could be accurately performed on puppies as young as 8 weeks old. They found that at that point, puppy behavior is still changing rapidly, and test results from that young wouldn’t reveal much about the future behavior of the dog as an adult. In other words, it’s O.K. if your puppy is an idiot (or rambunctious, or whiny)—he’ll grow out of it, hopefully.