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Old 05-21-2007, 10:55 AM   #1
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......your pup be before your breeding allows you to take it home?

think my pup will only be 6 wks old, is that to soon?

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Old 05-21-2007, 11:00 AM   #2
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I know that normally,they should live until they are 8 weeks old but some situation can make him come earlier,like death of the mom or something else .The more time they stay with their Mom and siblings,the better adjusted they will be!.
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In my honest and personal opinion 10-12 weeks is when a pup should leave it's mother. At 6 weeks old it still needs some Mother's milk to help it grow properly and at 8 weeks I feel the same. The longer the pup has with it's mother the better off in the long run it will be healthwise and mentally as well.

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G&H is right, typical is 8 weeks, but not all situations are identical.
We recently had a long discussion on exactly that topic-perhaps you can see some of the pros and cons here.
http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=7911
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We got Basil at 6 wks. The breeder actually didn't want her to leave until at least 7 wks. but I couldn't wait another week after seeing pictures of my baby on the breeders site

But in my opinion, 8 weeks plus I think would be ideal
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Ideally 10 weeks so they can continue that important learning and socialization with their littermates, it is a really important time for them.

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My personal opinion would be 8-12 weeks depending on breed. Sheena's pups will be going to their new homes just after they turn 8 weeks old. I would never ever consider sending them earlier. If a situation like the mother died or so forth happened I would still want to keep the litter together for the extra weeks simple because this is a critical learning period for the pups on how to behave with each other, how not to play too rough, learning about heirarchy and so on. Yes with mom gone it is harder but the siblings do teach each other things in their "pack". So personally I would never let a litter go before the 8 week age. Just my personal opinion.
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Old 05-21-2007, 12:17 PM   #8
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thanks for the replies and the other thread to look at

i do think this is a case of the breeder wanting rid of the pups to soon. i don't mind taking the pup on sooner as i am ready for all the chewing and pooing but if the pup will be better of with the mother for longer then i really need to chat to the breeder about this.

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I've found between 8 and 9 weeks to be the optimum time for the larger breeds. If they are allowed to remain with the litter continuously much past that age it often leads to over-dependence on each other and increased anxiety when removed from the "pack".

In addition the 9th through 12th week is a critical bonding and learning time for a pup that is going to be trained for a specific purpose such as (speaking from my own experience) hunting or obedience.
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Old 05-23-2007, 06:18 AM   #10
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Hi

We go our younger pup at seven weeks because the beeders had to go overseas and I thought he adjusted well, he had been weaned at 6 weeks. However, I do think most breeders prefer to wait til eight weeks.

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