Life Cycle of a Dog Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Although it would be nice if puppies could stay young and cute forever, they do eventually grow up. This lesson will talk about the life cycle of a dog, from the time it is born until it is an adult. You can expect a few cute pictures, too!

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?

Dogs of different

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