Puppies are adorable little bundles of energy that bring joy to many households. As they grow and develop, it’s important to understand at what stage they grow the most. A good frame work is to divide it into basically 4 stages:
The first stage of puppy growth occurs during the first few weeks of life. During this time, puppies are born with a very low birth weight and are primarily focused on survival. They will spend most of their time sleeping and nursing, and will not experience much physical growth.
The second stage of puppy growth begins around the age of 4-6 weeks and lasts until around 3-4 months of age. During this time, puppies will experience a rapid growth spurt, and will gain the majority of their weight and height. This is the stage when puppies will grow the most and where they still need a lot of sleep.
The third stage of puppy growth begins around 3-4 months of age and lasts until around 6-8 months of age. During this time, puppies will continue to grow, but at a slower rate. They will also begin to develop their adult teeth and will start to lose their baby teeth.
The fourth stage of puppy growth begins around 6-8 months of age and lasts until around 1 year of age. During this time, puppies will reach their adult size and will begin to develop their adult body shape. They will also begin to reach sexual maturity during this stage.
It’s important to keep in mind that different breeds of dogs will have different growth patterns and will reach different milestones at different times. However, understanding the general stages of puppy growth can help you better understand and care for your furry friend.
It’s worth to pay attention that puppies grow the most during the second stage of growth, which begins around 4-6 weeks of age and lasts until around 3-4 months of age. This is when they will experience a rapid growth spurt, gaining most of their weight and height. This is also usually when they are still teething and their attention spin is very low, so they can get a little more feisty.
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