London delivered 7 puppies Wednesday evening January 19. Sadly she lost the last one born, leaving us with six big healthy puppies. The average Golden puppy is 12 ounces. Our average sized puppy is closer to 14 ounces. These six average over 17 ounces! Scroll down to see pictures of London’s newborn puppies. Scroll to the bottom for developmental information of puppies this age.
There is one boy who is in the dark blue strip of flannel. The girls are in Yellow, Green, Teal, Purple, and Pink. The puppies will remain in the same colors until they leave us.
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, newborn 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. We weigh them 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 Tara’s newborn puppies are growing on a weekly basis. See our Available Puppies page to get to pages of Tara’s newborn puppies at other ages.