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at how many days do pitbull puppies open there eyes and how ...

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at how many days do pitbull puppies open there eyes and how old shuld they be before i start feeding them puppy food and separate them from there mother??
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.
Hi Pitbull,

Puppies open their eyes around 2 weeks of age. However, initially the only sign you may see that the eyes are open is a glint of reflected light.

Usually the mother starts weaning her puppies at around 3-4 weeks of age. At this point they should be offered a gruel of puppy food soaked in formula or goat's milk. Over the next 2 weeks the amount of formula added to the puppy food is decreased and fresh water is offered. They will still nurse off their mother just not as much. Puppies should be eating puppy food by 6-8 weeks of age and stay on puppy food until they are a year old at least.

So many people take their pups away from their mothers too early. Reputable breeders do not let their puppies leave their mothers until they are 8 weeks old and some say that for toy breeds it should be 12 weeks.

While a pup may be eating puppy food anywhere from 4-6 weeks old, the last few weeks are important to a puppy’s emotional development. It is during these weeks that a puppy learns bite inhibition and how to act around other dogs. Dogs that are taken from their mothers early frequently develop behavioral problems as well.

I hope this information helps you.