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Sexual and physical maturity for dogs
Around six months old is when most dogs reach sexual maturity. Sexual maturity is when a dog can give birth to puppies. If you have ever spent time with a six-month-old puppy, you will know that they are not fully grown up.
A puppy can be physically mature before they are fully grown. Depending on breed, physical maturity is when your puppy reaches their adult height. Small breeds are fully grown around 12 months of age, while larger breeds can take up to two years to grow.
If you’ve raised a puppy, you’ve probably experienced the frustration of having a pet that doesn’t know how to control their body.
When a puppy is 50 pounds or more, the zoomies are a whole new experience.
Emotional maturity for dogs
Emotional maturity is when a dog acts like a dog instead of a puppy. Over time, the process of becoming emotionally mature takes place. One day, you will realize that your puppy has become a dog.
Your puppy’s hormonal surge evening out coincides with emotional maturity. As puppies grow and become sexually mature, they may act out, test boundaries and get in trouble. Between one to one and a half years, your puppy will become an adult.
It is hard to know when a puppy becomes an adult. As your puppy grows, watch for signs of emotional maturity.
Listens and responds to training.
It’s easier to settle down more readily.
There is a Listens and responds to other dogs.
Sometimes, the answer to the question. When you can tell they are an adult is when a puppy is no longer a puppy. It may take place over time, depending on your puppy.
How do you know a dog’s age?
If your dog came from a shelter, you may not know when it was born. Do you know how to tell if your puppy is real?
Younger dogs are more active. Dogs slow down as they get older. Older dogs can have puppy-like spurts of energy. Physical signs of aging are the best way to know your dog’s age.
Look at their teeth. If your puppy has shiny white teeth that look small for their jaw, they may be under 16 weeks of age. Dogs have permanent teeth by the time they are adults. There is more on how to age a dog by looking at their teeth.
Physical signs of aging include:
There is a Graying around the muzzle.
Pale or cloudy eye color.
There is a Lower energy is called lameness.
It can be difficult to guess the exact age of a dog straddling the line between puppy and adulthood. Ask your vet to assess your dog’s age.
Depending on your dog’s breed and size, physical maturity is a gray area. It is also independent of behavioral maturity. At this point, your dog may be fully grown but still behaves like a pup. They need a lot of calories and exercise to stay happy. The teenage years are here!
This can be a challenging time if your puppy reminds you of adolescence. Be patient and consistent. Your furry friend will grow into a mature adult with clear boundaries and expectations.
The guidelines for your dog’s physical maturity are based on their breed and expected weight.
There is a Small breeds mature between 10 and 12 months of age.
There is a Medium breeds are mature between 12 and 16 months.
There is a Large breeds that weigh over 80 pounds are not mature until they are 2 years old.
Signs your puppy is aging
A puppy is losing teeth. Puppies get their baby teeth between three and six weeks of age. These teeth will fall out in 12 weeks to make room for adult teeth. There is no need to worry when you find teeth on the floor or blood on a chew toy. Your puppy swallowing her teeth is normal. It poses no danger for your dog.
Your puppy has a coat. A dog’s puppy coat is the fluffy, soft, and short fur that most young dogs have. Between six and 12 months of age, this coat falls out and is replaced with a longer, coarser adult coat. Depending on your dog’s breed and activity level, they may require more frequent brushing or trips to the groomer.