The canine growth stages are determined by the age of the dogs. We differentiate five different stages: weaning, puppy, adolescent, adult and senior.
One of the biggest changes of the animal occurs when a dog passes from being puppy to adult:
Your physical development undergoes changes of the type: your sexuality will be fully developed and you will have reached your determined height and weight.
As for their psychological development the animal will change behavior patterns such as: reduced exploration and play, end the nervousness of puberty, males can start to mark with urine and increase the aggressiveness with other dogs of the same sex.
When a dog passes from puppy to adult
The development of the dog varies depending on his race, so there is an exact moment in which the puppy happens to be adult, but we will talk about time intervals:
In races small races: around 9 to 12 months
In races medium breeds: from 12 to 15 months
In races large races: from 15 to 18 months
In giant breeds: between 18 and 24 months
The development of the puppy dog to adult is complete in all races at two years. As for his mental maturity will depend a lot on the canine training he has received. The adult dog stage will last until 6 or 7 years, also depending on your breed.
When to move from puppy to adult food
Going from puppy to adult Dog food is crucial in the transition from puppy to adult, since puppies need special foods for their growth, which bring them greater amounts of energy and makes them grow. If we change them earlier than due to adult feeding, the animal may have joint diseases or irregularities in their bones.
It is important to know at what age the puppy is an adult because their needs will have changed, and an adult dog with puppy feeding may be overweight. Switching to a new meal can be tricky at first, but within 5 or 7 days the dog will have become accustomed to it.
If you want to know your pet better or you have more doubts about your dog, its care and growth, check our list of doubts about dogs that we have all asked ourselves.