NEWBORN – Puppies are born with eyes and ears closed. They have a long tail and dew claws. Dew claws are removed and one-third of the tail is docked.
2 WEEKS – Eyes and ears open at this time. This is a very important time for the pup to develop human bonding, when they can first see you. Eyes appear blue when they first open.
4 WEEKS – Puppies start eating solid food between 3 and 4 weeks of age. They start to develop coordination and eyes darken in color. The pup’s personality is continuing to develop.
6 WEEKS – It’s time to wean puppies from mother at 6 to 7 weeks of age, and it’s a very stressful time for puppies. They need extra bonding from humans. They are given Albon mixed with liquid vitamins for a few days to help their appetite and control any possible bacteria or Coccidia. Playing and interacting with littler-mates and humans continues.
8 WEEKS – A first shot is given, one half dose of “the Puppy Shot” by Fort Dodge (Duramune Max 5-CvK). Toy-sized puppies can be adopted out at this time unless we choose to keep them until older.
10 WEEKS – Puppies are weighed. The weight is doubled with one half pound added to determine approximate adult weight.
12 WEEKS – Puppies are weighed again and the weight is doubled to determine approximate adult weight. A second shot is given, one half dose of “the Puppy Shot” by Fort Dodge (Duramune Max 5-CvK).
16 WEEKS – The third and last shot is given, one half dose of “the Puppy Shot” by Fort Dodge (Duramune Max 5-CvK). The puppy will need this shot again in one year from this date. A Rabies shot can be given at any time. Poodles go through several coat changes: Puppy coat, adult coat at 8 months to 18 months, and coarser texture at age 2 to 3 years.
Most dog owners are aware of the generally accepted belief that “big dogs live shorter lives than small dogs.” The poodle appears to be an exception to the rule. Almost amazingly, many owners have reported that their Standard-sized poodles have lived to 15, 18, and even 20 years of age – the same life span often reported by owners of Miniature and Toy poodles! Whether a result of genetic prowess or just good clean living, it’s nice to know that there’s a good chance your poodle will be around for a full and endearing life.