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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.