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Normal Values and Characteristics of Dogs
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith
Anatomy, Normal Values and Basic Science
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The following table provides information on the reproduction and normal physiologic values of dogs. Most of the values are given in ranges, and depending upon the source, you may find somewhat different ranges provided elsewhere.

Normal Temperature (ºF) Normal Heart Rate (beats per minute) Respiratory Rate (breaths per minute) Puberty (months) Length of Pregnancy (days) Litter Size Weaning Age
Adult:
99.5 - 102.5

Newborn Puppy:
96 - 97

Adult:
70 - 180

Newborn Puppy:
Over 200

Adult:
20 - 40

Newborn Puppy:
15 - 35

5 - 12 58 - 68 6 - 10;
smaller breeds tend to have smaller litters
Starts at 3 weeks

Completed at 5 - 7 weeks

 

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