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Operations Manual for the Xoloitzcuintli (Xolitzcuintla) by Amy Fernandez
Xoloitzcuintli - (Xolitzcuintla or Mexican Hairless)
Your Puppy’s Life Before You Met
The first eight weeks
puppy is a mammal, like you, and was born in pretty much the same way as a human
birth your puppy had a placenta and an umbilical cord like a human baby, but
unlike a human baby’s, the puppy’s cord fell off in only a couple of days.
a human baby, your puppy was born with its eyes and ears sealed and still
ten and seventeen days your puppy’s eyes would have opened and been a bluish
colour. At this stage they are still not focusing properly, rather like the eyes
of a newborn baby.
about three weeks your puppy’s ears will have finished developing and will
open internally. Now it will hear things for the first time. A human baby is
supposed to be able to hear before it is born.
about three weeks your puppy will also have started to walk about. It will begin
trying to eat solid food. Human babies will not eat solid food until at least
six months of age, or more.
four weeks your puppy was starting to run about, playing with its littermates
and its mother. Human babies don’t start walking until they are nearly twelve
four weeks your puppy was also starting to get his baby, or milk, teeth. Babies
don’t teethe until they are about eight months old.
eight weeks of age your puppy leaves its home, and perhaps its mother, for the
first time, and goes to live with you. He may also have spent a few days on
display in a pet shop.
Home Is a Big Change for This Baby!
new puppy may settle in really quickly and well—particularly if you have
another friendly dog at home, or are home a lot yourself. He may, though, take a
few days, or even a couple of weeks, to get used to being all alone and
Your New Puppy Is Still a Baby!
that at eight weeks of age, your puppy is still only the equivalent of a human
Be patient and don’t expect too much from your puppy in the first few weeks!