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correct age for puppy to go to new home and health testing

Help please! I've been told by several breeders in England (I live in London) that Havanese puppies mature slowly. At what age do you allow your litters to go to new homes? A breeder that I'm interested in doesn't allow her puppies to leave until they're 10 weeks. Since I live in a city, I will need to do a lot more socialization than the average owner which is why I'd like to pick up the pup at 8 or 9 weeks. With my other dog, I carried her all around London until she was able to be put down and she's now bomb proof with noises and strangers. I'd really like to do the same with the new puppy because it gives the dog a great foundation. Also, UK Havanese breeders only test the health of dog's eyes. Is there anything that I should look for as a visual clue to patella health in the dogs themselves (both parents and puppies)? Your help is really appreciated since the Havanese is very rare in Britain and information thin on the ground.
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A couple of resources about puppy development that I came across while we were researching. One is a website I found and the other is a book our breeder recommended.

http://www.diamondsintheruff.com/Dev...talStages.html

How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With by Clarice Rutherford and David Neil

These both talk about developmental stages and socialization. It sounds like you've done this before. When we were looking for a puppy, sending them to new homes at around 9 or 10 weeks seemed the norm. I don't remember any that would let them go sooner. I bet a good breeder will be willing to discuss this with you, since you and the breeder will be looking out for the best interests of the puppy.
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My puppies stay with me until 10 weeks also. I let one go at 9 weeks last time, but that was a very unusual situation and I probably won't do that again.

Havanese are very social and need to learn dog manners from their mothers, so I prefer they stay with me (and their mother) for at least 10 weeks.

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Thanks for the info. I'm hoping to coax the breeder into letting me have the puppy at 9 weeks. You can socialize up to 16 weeks but, the best period ends at 12 weeks. London's fantastic for dogs (no leash laws in certain parks and loads of nice doggie friends) but, it does take some getting used to considering the noise and crowds. I'd still love some info from a breeder regarding hips and patellas, please.
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There is a great havanese book out there called "The Havanese"by Diane Klumb...it actually shows normal hips and dysplastic hips and discusses different abnormalities etc.in the breed.I would highly recommend you getting the book or perhaps trying to get it at your library.I did not get my guy till he was 16 weeks old,and it worked out great for us.He was slightly over 5 pounds and just like a sponge absorbing what we wanted from him.I think it is the norm for puppies to find homes (go home)I mean at 10-12 weeks.Havanese are very social by nature...I don't think you would have any trouble socializing your new pup to the environment,even if you waited.

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You can't tell by looking a young puppy if they will have bad hips and patella's. Quite honestly, you can't really tell on the adults either, unless they are lame. The only way to know for sure is doing xrays and have a vet check the patellas.
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Kathy,
Oh,I didn't mean to imply you could check your own pup......just simply that it shows pictures (X-rays) so you can actually see what they are talking about.I found the book very informable.
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Julie,
lol, I wasn't responding to your post, but rather giving in to awedwards when he asked: "I'd still love some info from a breeder regarding hips and patellas, please." He had said already that breeders in the UK don't do any other health testing other then CERF, so was trying to explain there really isn't a way to know if the puppy, sire, or dam have good or bad patellas or hips without testing.

Sorry, I wasn't very clear! Darn typewriter, it should know what I am trying to say, gosh darn it!!! lol
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Julie, I noticed that you got your puppy at 16 weeks. We may be getting one at 15-16 weeks. Do you, or anyone out there who can comment, think there is an advantage or disadvantage to getting a puppy at 16 weeks instead of the more normal 10 weeks? At 16 weeks, do you think there might be more separation, socialization or potty training issues? Just wondering...
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Jan, in my opinion, you're at the advantage getting it later, assuming the breeder has invested time in training (including potty training).
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