How Long Until Newly Born Dogs Open Their Eyes?

by Catherine Lovering
    Puppies do not have developed sight or hearing when first born.

    Puppies do not have developed sight or hearing when first born.

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    Puppies are born helpless, essentially dependent on their mothers -- with eyes closed and unable to hear. During the first few days of life, a puppy's mother provides all the care he needs, and he will usually get his first glimpse of the world at between 7 to 14 days old. If you're caring for a litter and a puppy's eyes are closed for longer than two weeks, he should be examined by a vet.

    Early Eyesight Development In Puppies

    A puppy's eyes are still growing when he is born. His eyelids are shut tight for the first two weeks or so to protect his sensitive eyes from light damage and contaminants in the environment. Even when a puppy's lids do open up, his eyesight is not fully formed, and his vision will continue to improve over the next several weeks.

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    About the Author

    Catherine Lovering has been writing business, tax and law articles since 2006. She has been published in "The Globe and Mail." Lovering holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia, an LL.B. from the University of Victoria and an LL.L. from the University of Ottawa.

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