Does birth order matter for dogs? |

Does birth order matter for dogs?

Kathleen Williams-Miller
Baldar is a beautiful one-year-old Husky mix. His astonishing blue eyes will enchant you. He is super friendly but needs to be with someone who is around and will spend time with him. Baldar gets anxious and will dig his way out to be with you. He’s a people lover but not much on chickens. Come out and meet this incredible boy.

One thing that can always spark a conversation in my family is birth order. Of course, my older brothers always say they are smarter and better at everything because they were born before my sister and me. Thinking about it, I wondered if birth order matters in dogs.

Some studies I looked at aver that the order of birth can dictate some of the qualities and physical attributes a puppy has. In that case the closer to the middle of the litter, the better.

You would think that the biggest pup would be the first born but the size of the pup doesn’t always correlate with the birth order. Many times the largest is born last or the smallest born first.

According to Dr. Margret V. Root Kustritz, vitality in a pup depends on placement in vitro. If a pup has a premier spot in the uterus they thrive. Runts of the litter had the misfortune of having a poor implantation site which means they don’t get the nutrition they need. They are the smallest and struggle for mom’s attention after birth.

The jury is out on an absolute answer but there are some clues concerning observed traits.

The first born tends to be a more focused or a one person type of pet. First-borns are usually the choices of professional dog trainers. Runts, on the other hand, may need more nurturing, but they are fun, frisky pets.

Just like humans a lot depends on how a dog is raised and treated. If you are looking for a life-long friend you have to be one too.


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February Pet Holiday: Dog Training Education Month.

SNAPS is a program offered to Churchill County residents through CAPS that provides low-cost spaying/neutering for cats and dogs. To qualify for SNAPS, you need to have one of the following: Medicaid, a child enrolled in NV Check Up Program, food stamps, 2018 tax return stating income is less than $30,000 or Veterans disability card including a photo ID. Also required are a Churchill County ID and a co-pay. For information, call CAPS at 423-7500.

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