June 18, 2019

First-Year Puppy Vaccinations

Article Information from the American Kennel Club. For more information, visit the website link posted at the bottom of the page.

The first thing to know is that there is not just one puppy vaccination schedule for all dogs. Factors such as which part of the country you live in, and your dog’s individual risk factors will come into play. Some dogs do not need every vaccine. This decision is between you and your veterinarian. Always discuss puppy vaccinations at your regularly scheduled appointments.


That said, here is a generally accepted guideline of the puppy vaccination schedule for the first year.

Puppies Age – Recommended Vaccinations – Optional Vaccinations

6 – 8 weeks – Distemper, para-influenza – Bordetella

10 – 12 weeks – DHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus [hepatitis], para-influenza, and parvovirus) – Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme Disease

12 – 14 weeks – Rabies – None

14 – 16 weeks – DHPP – Coronovirus, Lyme Disease, Leptospirosis

12 – 16 weeks – Rabies, DHPP – Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme Disease

Every 1 – 2 years – DHPP – Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme Disease

Every 1 – 3 years – Rabies (required by law) – none

AKC Staff “First Year Puppy Vaccinations: A Complete Guide” American Kennel Club, March 2019
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/puppy-shots-complete-guide/