9 Amazing Facts About Puppies You’ve Never Heard

9 Amazing Facts About Puppies You’ve Never Heard

If you’re a dog parent, you may know everything there is to know about dogs, but are you keen on facts about puppies?

New-born puppies activate our brain’s “aww” response with their big eyes and heads attached to their stubby bodies. These fur babies grab our attention, we love looking at them, and on a more scientific level, they trigger neural activity associated with how our brain reacts to rewards and our sense of compassion and empathy. 

In humans and other creatures, this response is an evolved, natural behavior that motivates adults to take care of helpless infants and to be more sensitive to their unique needs. In fact, a recent study found that puppies reach peak cuteness levels at eight weeks of age; this is the time when their canine moms begin to allow them to fend for themselves. 

Doesn’t reading about puppies make your heart melt? If so, you’re in for a treat! Keep reading to learn nine interesting facts about puppies that you may not know about

1. The Word “Puppy” is Derived from French

The word “puppy” made its first appearance in English dictionaries in the late 16th century. Etymologists believe that this word comes from the French word poupée, which means doll or toy. Before the 16th century, English speakers called new-born pups “whelps.” One of Shakespeare’s works, King John, popularized the term “puppy-dog.” 

 

2. Yes, Puppies Also Have Baby Teeth

Unless you’ve raised a puppy, you may not know that they grow baby teeth, much like human babies. Like most mammals, newborn pups are born without any teeth. At approximately 2-4 weeks of age, a puppy’s 28 baby teeth begin to grow. At around 12-16 weeks of age, these baby teeth naturally fall out. Once a pup turns six months old, they’ll be sporting a complete set of 42 adult teeth. 

 

3. Puppies Love to Sleep. A Lot. 

Similar to children, puppies need lots of sleep—we’re talking 15-20 hours worth of shut-eye! According to the American Kennel Club, dog parents should resist the urge to wake up their sleeping pups because sleep is critical for their young developing brains, muscles, and immune systems. We recommend setting up a designated sleeping area for your young one so that they can get undisturbed beauty rest. 

4. Puppies Are Born Fully Death and Blind

On day one of a puppy’s birth, their eyes are completely shut, and their ear canals are closed. Why? Well, it’s part of an evolutionary process. Since pregnancy impacts a dog’s ability to hunt, they evolved to have short gestation periods. Short-term pregnancies mean that canine moms wouldn’t need to take extended breaks from hunting. Since a dog embryo spends only two months in their mom’s womb, puppies aren’t born fully developed, affecting the formation of their eyes and ears. 

 

5. Dalmation Puppies Are Born Spot-Less

That’s right, everyone’s favorite spotted dog, the Dalmatian, is born without its iconic spotting. We know, this fact is a lot to process. These special dogs arguably have the most recognizable coat of any breed, but this status is reserved for adult Dalmatians only. Newly born Dalmatians are born white and spotless, and their markings develop after their first month. 

6. Humans Absolutely Fall for “Puppy Eyes,” and Puppies Know It

Those cute “puppy eyes” aren’t a fictional expression of canine emotion—they’re an intentional ploy to get your attention. Puppies know that by raising their eyebrows to make their eyes look bigger and sadder, it will make them irresistible to us. According to this study by the University of Portsmouth, they’re more likely to make the “puppy eyes” facial expression when humans are watching. And it works. 

After all, shelter puppies who perform the “puppy eyes” trick are more likely to get adopted faster than dogs who don’t employ the same expression. 

 

7. Double Trouble: Puppies Can Have Twins

Until four years ago, no one was able to prove that identical twin pups exist. Four years ago, in South Africa, Kurt d