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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-12-2010, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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Is it better to get a young pup or a 5 month old pup?

We are looking for a pup and our previous breeder has a pup ready the is a male - he is 5 month old. She was keeping him to show and decided to keep her brother. We already have an 18 month old pup - female. We wanted a BFF for Oakley. Not sure if a little puppy would be better or an older one.

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I have one I got at 5 1/2 months old and the other at 9 weeks. My life would be incomplete without either of them, so I would have no problem either way.

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I think it depends on the experience of the 5 month old puppy. If he has been properly socialized and started on training I think it would be great. In fact, I'd probably prefer it, if I also had an 18 month old puppy. Tiny puppies require so much attention etc..

If on the other hand, he didn't have good socialization etc. I'd rather have the younger puppy.
Just because a breeder planned to show the dog, doesn't mean his first 5 months were optimum. I'd want to make sure that he wasn't crated all the time, and had good early socialization etc.
Good luck with your decision.

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We got Oakley at 4 months and I kind of feel I missed out on the little puppy stage. Was is hard introducing a new puppy into the family with your other dog?

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I don't think he was crated all the time. I know she breeds quite a few puppies and they were crated at night, but had a good run of her fenced in 2 acres. Oakley seemed OK. But your right I am only assuming the dogs weren't crated, I don't know for sure. Oakley was never crated at home - she cried so much and pooped in her cage. We let her sleep on our bed and put her in an xpen when we went out. It worked our fine, because my DH works from home.

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I got Santos at 5 months old, and it has been nothing but a positive experience. I agree that it really depends on how much socialization he's had where he's been for the last 5 months.

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The breeder says he is almost trained - not sure I believe that - she said that about Oakley and it took us almost a year to fully train her. He has all his shots and is micro chipped so I guess that is a plus.

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We got our Sammy at just over 4 months, and while I have no experience with a younger pup, we were happy with our experience. My logic was the fact that we were hoping that he could go longer without going to the potty. This was important for lots of reasons especially in the winter when we didn't want to run outside every hour getting him potty trained. Instead we have to go outside every 2-2.5 hours to prevent accidents. Additionally I have young kids at home and I was afraid the smaller pup would be too fragile.

I would chose 4-5 months old again if given the choice.
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We got both of our havs a little older (7 months and 11 months) and it's worked great for us. I agree with the previous poster though. You'd want to be sure an older pup had been well socialized and has had some work on potty training and basic manners.

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Thank you so much - I am leaning towards the older pup - however I hope I am not rushing into things. I have puppy fever.

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