Beauceron is a medium-sized dog breed that falls into the herding category. It was developed in France as a herding dog that is also known as Berger de Beauce or Bas Rouge.
Beauceron can give birth to 6-7 puppies at a time. In this article, you can learn about the Beauceron puppy’s behavior and methods to care for them from birth to one year.
The newborn Beauceron puppies are all deaf, blind, and toothless. They are completely dependant on their mother since they cannot hear or see anything for the next two weeks. The mother takes care of the puppies and feeds them her breast milk which is rich in colostrum that consists of antibodies. It will keep the puppies safe from any kind of serious health problems.
Provide the mother with warm sheets and a place to make her puppies cozy. Do not bathe the puppies for few weeks as they might get cold and die. The mother herself will keep them clean by licking their bodies from time to time.
Neonatal Stage (0-2 Weeks)
The stage from birth to two weeks is the neonatal stage which is the most vulnerable stage for the puppies. They cannot defecate or pee by themself and rely on their mother. The mother helps them stimulate to defecate by licking their belly. Since the Beauceron puppies cannot generate heat on their own, the mother keeps them cozy. If you separate the puppies from the bitch, they might die of hypothermia.
The puppies need a good amount of sleep for 2,3 weeks for their proper development of both mind and body. They should only be fed their mother’s milk and not any other solid food until their teeth are grown.
Transitional Stage (2-4 Weeks)
The first thing you notice on the transitional stage is that the puppies have become twice the size of their birth. By their 10-12 days of birth, their eyes will start to open slowly although they will have a vivid vision for some days. They will be able to hear at the end of the second week. This stage is a very important phase for the puppies as they get to see and hear for the very first time in their life.
By 4 weeks the puppies will start to sample solid food from their mother’s plate. Their teeth begin to come out like small sharp needles. The Beauceron puppies will make their own vocabulary by yelping and whining to communicate with their littermates and mother.
Socialization Stage (4-16 Weeks)
The age between 4-16 weeks is the age for socialization where the puppies need to be exposed to other human being other than family members. They need to be leash trained before taking them out in the public. After they know how to walk on a leash comfortably, take them in a public place, so they can socialize with a variety of people.
Training should be started as soon as they are 5-6 weeks old. Start from basic obedience training at the beginning of the training. Vaccination should be given against distemper, DDHP, rabies, and medication for heartworm after consulting with the vet.
Juvenile Stage (3-6 Months)
The stage where the puppies lose their puppy face and look more like an adult is called the juvenile stage. They have grown bigger and now is the time for them to be enrolled in the agility. Involve them in regular physical exercise and mental stimulation otherwise, they might get bored easily. Give them a good quality puppy’s food.
This is the age where the Beauceron puppies learn about the consequences of their behavior. Obedience training is very important as they are excited and enthusiastic at this age and will ignore you most of the time. They are more independent and might ignore the very basic commands that they know from the beginning.
Adolescence Stage (6-12 Months)
The final stage of development starts at the age of 6 months. Although they look like a full-grown dog, they are still mentally immature and have puppy behavior inside them. They should not be mate or breed at this age despite they are experiencing the first heat. They might be sexually mature but are still puppies to have a puppy of their own and also it is risky for their health.
Increase their training session time slowly and give them advance training like herding. Provide them with high-quality adult dog food and provide them a complete nutrition diet. Consult a vet and provide them with necessary supplements.
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