Intro: Have you ever watched that film where a cat and two dogs are inadvertently abandoned by their family, embarking on a cross-country journey filled…
- Let’s first answer the question, How Long Are Dogs Pregnant? Dogs are pregnant for about 60 days, give or take, depending on the dog’s size. They typically reproduce twice a year. The gestation period – from fertilization to birth – is shorter in dogs than in humans.
- Pregnancy lasts an average of two months (60 days) for female dogs and about five weeks (35 days) for males. And that’s just an estimate because pregnant females can get pregnant as early as four weeks after mating and males can impregnate females as soon as they mature at around ten months old.
- The gestation period varies by breed, with some taking only 49 days while others may have gestations that last up to seven months (280 days).
- There are also variations in the size of dogs. Some dogs gestate for an average of 60 days, while others, which are larger, can go as long as 75 days.
- The average number of puppies born per litter is between six and nine (7 to 9).
- Some female dogs can store sperm in the fallopian tubes or ovaries, depending on how mature they are when mating with a male dog or among themselves in a group mating, so they can conceive even when their periods have already begun. This is delayed implantation for mating with males or delayed ovarian response for group-mated females.
Brain training for dogs during pregnancy
- During pregnancy, the dog’s brain undergoes tremendous growth; from the start of pregnancy to term, the brain grows by about 150 percent. Not only does the size of the brain increase but also its complexity: connections between cells become more numerous and more complex. Researchers are not entirely sure why this is so.
- One possible explanation is that as hormones surge during pregnancy, they may also affect brain development. Another possibility is that when animals give birth, their pups need to learn a lot about their environment and how to interact with it to survive. This would make sense, given the tremendous number of cells that form in the brain during pregnancy.
- Whatever the reason, scientists have found that socialization is an integral part of brain development in dogs during pregnancy. This can be done by brain training for dogs. Pups exposed to various smells early in life—during walks around the neighborhood, for example—have fewer behavioral problems as adults than dogs not exposed to new odors and places early in life.
- In order for this socialization to occur, pregnant dog owners must expose their dogs to new things and people as much as possible from the time they are pregnant through about four weeks after giving birth.
Thus, to conclude, dogs are pregnant for about 60 days, give or take, depending on the dog’s size. They typically reproduce twice a year. The gestation period – from fertilization to birth – is shorter in dogs than humans.