How do you calculate a puppy’s age? Surprising Answer

Assessing the Puppy’s Body and Behavior

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To tell your puppy’s age, check to see if it’s starting to play and explore on its own, since that usually happens when puppies are 5-6 weeks old. Additionally, keep tabs on when it begins to eat solid food, which usually occurs at the 6 to 8 week mark. You can also look for signs that your puppy is becoming more active, chewing on things and playing more energetically, which typically takes place around 8 weeks. Watching your puppy’s growth can also give you clues about its age, since they grow the fastest between 8 and 16 weeks. For more information from our Veterinary co-author, including how to tell your puppy’s age by looking at its teeth, read on!

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  • Puppies experience many physical changes as they develop into adult dogs. Physical size and shape change as the bones lengthen and harden, joints mature and muscles, ligaments and tendons all grow to adult size. The coat changes from a soft, fluffy one to a denser adult dog coat. Baby teeth fall out and are replaced with permanent adult teeth. And the immune system matures so your dog is ready to handle the big, wide, outside world.

    While they may grow up and begin to look less like a typical puppy, puppies continue to need extra nutritional support for quite a lot longer than you may think. Puppies mature into adults at a different time, which means that a large dog breed will mature into an adult at about 15 months, while smaller breeds will be puppies for only 9 months. So, you’ll need to feed a larger dog breed specially formulated puppy food for much longer than you would a smaller dog breed.

    Other ways to tell your new puppy’s age

    Besides teeth, several other parameters also prove helpful to estimate the age of a puppy. Moreover, a dog’s age dramatically affects the level of activity, general health, breed, and size.

    Therefore, keeping in mind these factors, you can estimate the longevity of your fido.

    Here are some ways that will assist you in evaluating the age of your furry friend.

    Easiest Way to Determine a Puppy’s Age!

    If you’re wondering how to tell how old a puppy is by looking at its teeth, this article will be helpful to you.

    It is easy to tell how old a puppy is if you purchase it from an authentic breeder or a pet store.

    On the contrary, how would you come to know the age of a rescued or adopted puppy from a shelter?