Eva has a very large litter of 12 puppies: 9 boys and 3 girls! She has one boy available. We match puppies to families based on temperament. With the exception of the pick puppies who get priority, we try to please all families equally. Scroll down for more information on Eva’s newborn puppies.
All puppies are big and healthy except for one little girl that we have affectionately named Little Bit. She appears to be healthy, but she is tiny, weighing in at birth at only 7 1/2 ounces. The average Golden Retriever at birth is 14 ounces and the other 11 Eva puppies average over 15 ounces. However, Little Bit is actively nursing and scooting around on her belly. She pushes her way amongst the big boys and girls into the “dinner table” for her share of the milk.
We will not be reserving Little bit until she is bigger and we know that she is normal, thriving, and doing well. If she can make it through the first two weeks, all indications are that she will catch up to her siblings and live a normal happy life.
If you are interested in a boy from this litter, read all the information on our FAQ page and our How to Reserve Page. Our page on How We Raise Our Puppies is also a very informative page and if you’d like a start in training, see our Trained Puppies page along with our page on Trained Puppy Expectations and 10-Week Videos to get an idea if this is something of interest to you. We think you’ll be very impressed with what we can do with such very young puppies (AND it is all done with positive reinforcement)!
Scroll down to see pictures of Eva’s newborn puppies. The girls are in the Pink, Purple, and Mint Green collars. Boys are in Blue, Brown, Gray, Dark Green, Maroon, Red, Yellow, Teal, and Orange. Scroll down below the pictures to read about what we do with puppies at this age and where they are developmentally.
The average newborn Golden Retriever puppy weighs about 14 ounces. They are totally dependent on their moms. Their eyes and ears are closed and they depend on their already developing sense of smell to find their moms. They cannot walk, but rather scoot around on their bellies.
During these first days, the mom is the primary caretaker. In fact, usually the moms are hesitant to leave the box even for potty breaks. The mom will not only keep them fed, but cleans them as well.
However, young puppies need us humans for the best possible chance of surviving and thriving. We take turns keeping watch over the puppies for the first two weeks, including overnight. Puppies are so small at this age that without supervision, it is very common for the mom to accidentally lay on one of them.
We handle them often and start clipping nails weekly at one or two days of age. They are weighed daily to make sure each one is growing well and getting their share of mom’s milk. We also give them daily probiotics which keeps their digestive system strong.
At three days, we will start ENS (early neurological stimulation). You can read about ENS on our Raising Puppies page .
We ask families to wait until puppies are at least two weeks old before making definite plans and booking flights to pick up puppies. We don’t anticipate loosing any puppies, but it does sometimes happen in those first couple of weeks. We’ve only lost one puppy (ever) after two weeks of age.
We’ll continue keeping you posted on how Eva’s newborn puppies are growing on a weekly basis. See our Available Puppies page to get to pages of Molly’s puppies at other ages.