Dog Breeders Glossary

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Term Definition
Water bag

This is the protective sac that surrounds each puppy while they are in the womb, it is essentially a sac filled with liquid. Once each puppy is born, the bitch regularly licks away the water bag and then consumes it for added nutrition. This is also performed to clear each puppies’ airway after birth.


Whelp is a synonym for puppy as whelping is a synonym for breeding or birth. Therefore whelping will produce whelps.