How long before puppies can leave their mother?
Puppies have to be atleast 1 month old before they leave their mother.
If the puppies are with the mother then you should keep them with her until 8 weeks of age. The mother will instinctively wean the puppies on her own, but you may need to help her by removing her from the puppies. The puppies can technically be taken away after 6 weeks, but the longer the puppies are with the mother the better because they will learn from their mother.
you CAN, but SHOULDNT. since theyre newborn, theyre prone to catching simple sicknesses and diseases that could easily kill them. new people outside of the household should have NO CONTACT with newborn puppies. However, when YOU are handling puppies, make sure your hands are clean and you dont take them too far from the mother because it will cause her to become uncomfortable and leave the other puppies. Also, dont keep a puppy from its…
It depends on the individual dogs. Some males are never safe around small puppies. And some females won't tolerate other dogs around their litter, even if it is a dog they normally get along with well. In other cases the father is fine with the puppies right after birth. Know your dogs and don't take chances. Never leave an adult dog unsupervised with small puppies unless that dog is the puppy's own mother.
A female dog should not be bred before her second heat cycle, and only if she is healthy and without any genetic conditions which could be passed down to her puppies. A female dog should only be bred once a year, and only until the dog is 6 or 7 years old MAXIMUM. The older the breeding dog, the more important it is to have a vet examine her before breeding.
In the wild, weaning begins naturally as soon as the puppies start to develop their teeth at three to four weeks of age. Suckling then irritates or hurts the mother who will move away and leave her puppies for longer and longer periods. Natural weaning involves the female dog vomiting her food and the puppies consuming the vomitus. Many pets will also do this and cause concern to owners. It is usually a natural maternal…