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The Birth of Puppies
Like all mammals, dogs are born live, not in eggs like reptiles and birds. Baby dogs are called puppies. A mother dog will usually give birth to a group of puppies, called a litter. Litters can have 10 or more puppies in them. The largest recorded litter was 24 puppies.
When a puppy is young, it will stay close to its mother in order to eat. Puppies drink their mother's milk until they are old enough to eat food on their own. This is also a time for the mother dog to teach her puppies skills they will need in life.
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The Early Life of a Dog
Puppies explore the world around them while staying close to their mother and learning how to survive through play. At about 8 weeks old, the puppy is old enough to live without its mother. This is usually when people find a new home for the puppy. Taking a puppy away from its mother before it is about 8 weeks old is not a good idea because it might not be ready to eat regular food yet.
The Adult Life of a Dog
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes. There are many different types of dogs, which are called breeds. Some breeds are very large, and some are very small. All of these pictures show different types of dogs. See how many colors and sizes there are?
How long a dog normally lives depends on the breed of dog. Generally speaking, the larger the dog, the shorter its life span. The average dog will live for about 13 years.
What a dog will do as an adult depends on where and how it lives. Dogs are adopted for many reasons. Of course, some families adopt dogs as pets, but others adopt dogs to use on farms, for hunting, or for showing in competitions. Some dogs are even great at finding people, and they can be used to rescue people from avalanches in the mountains or for helping police find bad guys.
Puppies (baby dogs) are born live, like all mammals. Many puppies are born at once in what is called a litter, a group of animals born at one time. At about 8 weeks old, a puppy can safely be removed from its mother, eat regular food, and be adopted into a new home as a pet or to work.
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