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Only puppy of litter?

Hi everyone,

I'm talking with a great breeder who has a 10 week old puppy we're considering. The pup and parents are completely health-checked and certified (we'll verify with paperwork, of course). The only unusual thing is that this pup was the only one in his litter, which I suppose is a little unusual.

He's healthy and reported to be great personality (we haven't met him yet), and he's been raised in the breeder's home with the sire/dam, and two other adult dog pets (has run of the house, I think).

My question is, is there any concerns over a single pup from a litter? It's abit unusual, but I wasn't sure if anyone here would have any siginificant concerns re: socializations, temperement, etc? Also, any particular questions in this regard, that I should be asking of the breeder?

Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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My daughter Karen(Brady's Mom) got Brady from a breeder in the Philadelphia area. He was an "only" child. All I can say is that Brady is an awesome dog and started a havanese following of all my daughter's friends and relatives! I see no difference in him being an solo pup except he is on the bigger side and we kid around that that's because he had no competition.

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I wouldn't worry about a singleton. I wouldn't think there would be any difference between a singleton and one born with littermates with the exception of a little socialization but this pup lives with sire, dam and other dogs. Puppies usually learn bite inhibition from each other but I'll bet his mom has taught him that as well.

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I don't know much about it but he hasn't been isolated so I would think he would be just fine. Probably a little "spoiled"!!!

Your mention they are health-checked. Do you know what that means specifically? Sometimes we can get thrown off by different terms. You want to make sure the parents have been health tested.

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Thanks to all of you for the great input! I guess this relieves any concerns I might have had. Kathie -- Supposedly the tests that were done on the parents (and one or more of these on the pup) are CERF, BAER, hips, patellas, 'straight legs' (a "soap" picture??), and I think something else as well. I'm told that all these tests for the parent dogs are located on OFFA (I'm told they both have 'CHIC' numbers, and I can check all the data myself?). Plus, I'm assured that I'll be given all mediacl records for shots, etc, when I pick him up...

Does this all make sense? Or, am I mangling the terms? :-)
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Thanks to all of you for the great input! I guess this relieves any concerns I might have had. Kathie -- Supposedly the tests that were done on the parents (and one or more of these on the pup) are CERF, BAER, hips, patellas, 'straight legs' (a "soap" picture??), and I think something else as well. I'm told that all these tests for the parent dogs are located on OFFA (I'm told they both have 'CHIC' numbers, and I can check all the data myself?). Plus, I'm assured that I'll be given all mediacl records for shots, etc, when I pick him up...

Does this all make sense? Or, am I mangling the terms? :-)
That all sounds very good!


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I see my Mom already chimed in about my Brady Brady is one of the best dogs ever! He was a singleton and he was very loved and spoiled by his breeder. She didn't have any other litters at the time when she had Brady, so he had 2 stuffed sock littermates when he was born. As long as your breeder takes the time to socialize him, I wouldn't worry at all. Brady was let out with the older dogs earlier than most of my breeder's dogs, so he came home pretty well house trained and very well socialized. Good luck!!!!


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It sounds like a go! Let us know what you decide and then post lots of pictures!

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Thanks everyone for the responses -- we'll be meeting him this weekend, and verifying all of the above information. I'm hopeful everything will go smoothly -- frankly, I've never gotten a dog from a breeder before, and there's alot to learn! Just getting the *timing* right when adopting a hav from a reputable breeder is much more complicated than I would have imagined -- somehow I just assumed that oodles of great pups would be waiting for us to take them home, whenever was convenient for us. Well, it's not quite that simple, obviously.... :-)
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Over the years we've had several litters of one (all but one Shelties and the other a Havanese). Only children are great because they have had more attention and make great pets (or show dogs). This shouldn't be a concern.

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