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Nearly half of all domestic abuse victims delay leaving because they don’t want
to leave their pet behind, yet as few as 10% of domestic violence shelters accept pets.
The Purple Leash Project is working to change that.

When Do a Puppies Eyes Open?

When Do Puppies Eyes open

Short answer: Usually in about ten days to two weeks.

Puppies are different from full-grown dogs. That’s a fact that you should always be aware of.

So, while it may seem weird, puppies are born without the ability to hear or see. It takes anywhere from ten days to two weeks for these two senses to develop.

Eye-Opening Facts about Puppy Eyes

Along with the rest of their central nervous system, a newborn puppy’s optical nerves are still developing, making them very sensitive to light. And their eyes are actually still forming behind their closed lids.

Cocker Spaniel puppies’ eyes open sooner than Fox Terrier puppies’ eyes. Just one example of how different breeds develop at different rates.

It’s a good thing that a newborn puppy’s eyelids are closed. This helps protect nerves and membranes from dirt and light.

Important Note: Let puppy’s eyes open on their own. Don’t try to hurry your puppy along. And you should never try to force their eyes open. 

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