The Scoop Dug Up at Dogster: June Dog Events Physical differences between male and female dogs are both slighter and less obvious than those between other kinds of domestic pets or farm animals. Distinguishing between a male and female turkey, for example, tends to be quite easy, especially once they reach maturity.
Differences in size and plumage between these birds are clear and striking. The male turkey is much larger, more colorful, and has a more dramatic appearance. Among dogs, average height and weight of females and males does vary, but the difference is normally only a few inches in the first case, and can be as little as 10 pounds in the latter. All newborn baby puppies are super tiny. So, how can you tell if a puppy is a boy or a girl?
Why does differentiating sex in puppies matter? Newborn English Bulldog puppy. Even when dogs are fully matured, telling a male from a female dog can be difficult.
May I pet her? Some people are particular about male or female puppies. Reasons can be difficult to parse, and impossible to understand or predict. If both you and the interested parties are patient, things will become clearer by the time they are ready to be weaned. Can urination habits help tell if a puppy is a boy or a girl? One of these baby puppies is a boy, the other a girl. One-week-old Labrador Retriever puppies. Some might huff at the very question, assuming that the stereotypical images of fully grown dog urination habits — squatting for girl dogs and the leg lift of boy dogs — will make the distinction clear enough.
The positions that puppies take do not diverge for a while after whelping. Indeed, male and female puppies may assume identical positions for up to two months. Puppies do not practice independent bowel and bladder evacuation in their first couple of weeks of life.
Nor, for the first few weeks, do puppies have sufficient strength and stability in their hindquarters to make urinating activities distinguishable. Male puppies may not fully adopt the wonted leg lift until around their fourth month; for some male puppies, it may not become habitual until they are nearly six months old. So, how can you tell between a male and female puppy? Be careful handling newborn puppies.
They should not be kept from mom for more than a couple of minutes. Golden Retriever mom and day-old puppies. There is, in fact, a way to discern the difference between female and male puppies.
Be cautious and patient, though. The relationship between newborn puppies and their mother can be tenuous. Taking a baby puppy from a mother for more than a few minutes in the first several weeks after whelping can disturb their bonding.
A mother dog may become wary of a puppy who spends too much time away from her and the rest of the litter. Basically, male puppies can be distinguished by two small, raised circular marks on their bellies.
Unlike in humans, the spot where the umbilical cord was attached to a dog disappears, healing over very quickly. It is right below the base of the rib cage.
About an inch past that, there will be another small circular spot. This is where the penis will emerge. Female puppies will have only the belly button mark, with the rest of their tiny little bellies bare. The anus, of course, will be just beneath the tail, and the vulva is a small, leaf-shaped structure located almost exactly between the legs. Always exercise patience and caution Turn a baby puppy over very carefully, preferably cradled in a warm towel.
Female newborns will have two points, male puppies only one. It is best to be patient and exercise great caution. Return the puppy to her mother and litter immediately after checking. Baby puppies begin learning from their mother the moment they are born. Handling newborn puppies too often before three to four weeks of age risks alienating the puppy from the mother, which can not only cause stress, but also trauma to newborns.
For the sake of satisfying curiosity alone, under no circumstances should you poke or prod at newborn puppies to determine whether they are girls or boys.