Molly has 7 big happy, healthy puppies: 4 girls and 3 boys. The average Golden Retriever puppy weighs about 14 ounces. These 7 puppies were all over 17 ounces at birth! Molly delivered 8 puppies, but unfortunately, one of them was very tiny and we lost him a few hours after birth. This is a very common (but terribly heart-breaking) part of breeding. The other 7 puppies are big and doing well. Scroll down to see pictures of Molly’s newborn puppies as well as a description of the development of puppies this age.
All puppies are nursing well and Molly is being a super mom. She loves being a mom so much that we have a hard time getting her away from them to go out to potty! Currently, she’s enjoying “breakfast in bed” so that she doesn’t have to leave her puppies to eat and drink!
See pictures below. The girls are in the Pink, Purple, Yellow, and Teal collars. Boys are in Blue, Red, 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 Molly’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.