German Shepherd can have 8 puppies on average. Most of the German Shepherds can have one to 15 puppies. The average lifespan of a German Shepherd is 12 to 14 years. There are many factors that determine the number of puppies your dog will have.
Size of the litter:
The size of the litter varies with the size of the dog. Larger dogs usually have a large-sized little compared to smaller dogs. It is because larger sized dogs are able to carry more puppies. Another factor that determines the size of the litter is the age of the dog. Female dogs with age between two to five years usually have a large sized litter.
In most cases the first two liters of a dog are usually smaller but the third and fourth litter of the dog are the largest. Another factor that determines the size of the litter is the nutrition of your dog. Poor nutrition will lead to small sized litter. These dogs are usually overweight or sick. Therefore it is crucial to focus on the nutrition of your dog. Dogs with good nutrition are more active and healthy and they have a large sized litter.
Time of birth also affects the size of the litter. Dogs that give birth in the spring usually have a large sized litter compared to dogs that give birth in autumn.
Life stages of a dog:
Dogs have size life stages. These are mentioned as follows:
- Puppy stage
- Junior stage
- Adult stage
- Mature stage
- Senior stage
- Geriatric stage
Puppy is a small dog that hasn’t reached puberty. These puppies are between three to six months old. Puppies then enter the junior state which is a canine version of the puppy. It lasts from six to twelve months.
Adult dogs are the dogs that have finished growing and they range from one to seven year old. A mature dog is a middle aged dog. A senior dog is the one that has reached the final quarantine of life expectancy. A German Shepherd’s senior stage occurs when the German Shepherd is 10.5 years old. A geriatric dog is one that has reached the end of its life expectancy.
The aging process of dogs:
Many people are concerned about the aging process of dogs. It is important to know that larger dogs tend to age faster as compared to smaller dogs. The aging process thus greatly depends on the size of the dog. Most dogs have a life span of 10 years but it can be increased to a certain extent if the dog is healthy and has always been active and fit.
The aging process is thus divided into four categories:
- Small dogs (20 pounds or under)
- Medium sized dogs (21 pounds to 50 pounds)
- Large dogs (51 pounds to 100 pounds)
- Giant dogs (over 100 pounds)
An adult male German weighs between 66 to 88 pounds. On the other hand, an adult female weighs between 49 to 73 pounds. German Shepherds fall in the large dogs’ category. These dogs age 24 years in the first two years. When they read the age of five the German Shepherds age four years for ever year. Large dogs that give years old age four to six years for every year. Therefore a German Shepherd that lives 14 years is almost equivalent to a human being that lives 88 years.
Stages of German Shepherd puppy development:
There are different factors that contribute to your puppy development. Physical activity can determine whether your puppy is developing normally or not.
The neonatal stage describes the first three weeks of a puppy’s life. In this stage the puppy is completely helpless and fragile. It require more love and attention from its owner. If you get a puppy in the neonatal stage then it is important for you to frequently feed your puppy and make sure it is warm all the time.
The puppy starts to crawl when it is about a week old. It doesn’t mean that it can frequently crawl. The first baby teeth emerge when the baby is two weeks old. It opens its eyes a few days after birth. The socialization period starts from the third week and lasts up to the twelfth week. Once the puppy can easily move, see and hear it needs to learn the best communication and social skills to interact with other dogs or its mother. These social skills also help make he dog active and alert.
This doesn’t mean that you can take the puppy away from its mother. It still needs to be with its mother so that it will learn the best dog behavior. The best part is that German Shepherds of this age can be introduced to human kids as these are very playful.
The juvenile stage begins from three months and lasts up to six months. In this stage almost all the baby teeth of the dog have developed and it can communicate a lot better with the other dogs. The dog in this stage is more active compared to the puppy stage. The adult teeth start emerging when the dog is fourth months old.
When the dog is about six months old it will look like an adult dog but that doesn’t mean that it has finished growing. It still needs proper care and attention to help the dog grow properly. It will reach 70 percent of its adult weight and height alone with the development of adult teeth.
German Shepherds are the type of dogs that require proper love and care when they are in the puppy stage so that they can learn the best of the dog behaviors from their mother or fellow dogs. These dogs can look like adult dogs even if they are still in the developmental stages. Taking care of your German Shepherd is crucial. You must make sure that you are not compromising on the quality of your German Shepherd’s diet.