A dog's gestation period lasts about 63 days, regardless of breed, according to the American Kennel Club. A dog who is pregnant will typically be evident with an increase in its appetite, thereby also increasing its weight. Nipple size can also increase.Continue Reading
A veterinarian can confirm pregnancy in dogs at around 28 days gestation through various ways, such as performing an ultrasound, taking an X-ray or doing an abdominal palpitation. Increased feeding is not necessary for pregnant dogs until the 5 weeks before the whelping stage, or as weight increases. This increase in food should be gradual, as sudden larger meals can cause discomfort for the dog, especially for Yorkshire Terriers, which are a small breed.
Dogs typically begin to decrease their appetites or actually stop eating just before going into labor. A ready dog may also build a "nest" where she plans to give birth. Around 24 hours after the dog's temperature drops to approximately 99 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, she can be expected to enter the first stages of labor. During these first stages, the dog will appear to breath heavily, appear restless and strain. Puppies are then born in individual sacs that are removed before the puppy can breathe. As complicated as the process may see, most dogs can give birth on their own without human intervention, as stated by the American Kennel Club.Learn more about Dogs
According to Vetwest Animal Hospitals, the normal gestation period for a canine is 58 to 65 days. Each dog may vary, but if the gestation period exceeds 65 days, contact a veterinarian.Full Answer >
The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club's 2014 list of registrations. The Labrador Retriever belongs to the sporting group and is known for its friendly, playful personality. It is found in three coat colors: black, chocolate and yellow.Full Answer >
Use the American Kennel Club dog breed selector by deciding what characteristics you want in a dog, searching for a breed that meets your criteria in the AKC database and locating a specific dog through AKC breeders or rescue networks. The AKC database contains almost 180 breeds of dogs.Full Answer >
Yorkshire terriers, also called Yorkies, were originally bred in Yorkshire, England, to help Scottish emigrants chase vermin out of their fabric mills. During WWII, a Yorkshire terrier named Smokey carried a communications wire through an underground tunnel, helping to save the lives of English soldiers. After the war, European high society embraced the Yorkshire terrier, adding to the breed's national and global popularity as a desirable household dog.Full Answer >