They’re floofy, they’re floppy, and they’re oh-so sweet! It would be hard to find a person who would say that puppies are not super adorable, but in addition to their cuteness, they’re also fascinating.
Take a look at these interesting puppy facts:
1. Puppies are born blind and deaf
They actually can’t see or hear until they’re almost two weeks old — they don’t even open their eyes before then! Until they are able to see and hear, puppies rely on their sense of smell to find their mom.
2. They spend 15–20 hours a day sleeping
That’s not too unusual; human babies also spend about 16 hours a day sleeping.
3. Puppies become ‘adults’ when they turn one
That’s about the same as 15 human years. Teen dogs are still pretty cute.
4. They like when you sing-talk to them
It seems natural that you ‘baby talk’ to a puppy, but researchers have found that they actually respond to it! However, adult dogs could care less.
5. Puppies are born without teeth
You might think of puppies chewing up everything around the house, but they are actually toothless until they’re about four weeks old.
6. The number of puppies depends on the breed
Different breeds of dogs have different sizes of litters (that’s the number of puppies born at one time). Dogs that are older or smaller tend to have small litters, and dogs that are younger or larger tend to have bigger litters. The largest litter on record was 24 puppies, born to Tia — a Mastiff breed dog. Congratulations!
7. Puppies can be twins!
A litter of puppies may look all look alike (especially if they’re the same breed), but mostly they are not identical. However, one scientist in South Africa tested DNA on a set of puppies and found out that two of them actually were twins! Double the cuteness!
8. Newborn puppies can’t poop
It’s true! Baby puppies need their mom to help them go to the bathroom. If you’ve had a puppy, you know this isn’t a problem for very long!
9. Looking at pictures of puppies is good for you!
Japanese researchers have discovered that looking at pictures of cute baby animals help people focus better. So just maybe reading this post will help you ace your next test at school! (Studying is probably a good idea too — just in case…)