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When is the best time to pick up a puppy?

Would love to hear what you all think about when it's the best time to pick up our new puppy?
The breeder told me that although they can go home being 8 weeks old, she usually lets them stay with mommy until they're 10 weeks old.
I know that 'experts' have differing opinions on the subject too, but I'm curious what havanese owners think about this?
The girl we have chosen is growing very well, and I'm told she is one good eater (my Fedja is driving me crazy with his bad appetite). Next Sunday she will be 5 weeks old. Everything I have been told about her makes me think that this girl will be ready to take off by 8 weeks, but I want to make sure that she gets the best start possible, so if it means staying 10 weeks with mommy I wouldn't mind of course. After all, hopefully we will have many more years to come to spend together.
The breeder is willing to work with me, so if i think that 8 weeks is long enough she doesn't have problems with that (and if she personally feels that this puppy is ready to go of course).

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I say 10 weeks. I am no expert. And, pick up in morning if at all possible ,so you have the entire day with the pup.



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Sena, Personally I'd wait until the puppy is between 10-12 weeks of age, between 8 weeks and 12 weeks the puppies learn things from their mother and sibling that help them learn things like biting, when it is too much, and other things.
So if you are able to wait until at least 10 weeks I would

Congratulations again on your new soon to be baby So where are the pictures??

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I'm with Heather on this one, wait until at least 10 weeks, 12 if you can!!
they learn SO much from thier mom and litter mates during that time!!

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Augie was picked up at 8 weeks, Finn at 10. Augie was a horrible biter/nipper. But very easy to potty train. Finn was not a biter, but has been harder to potty train. I have wondered if it is harder on the pup to take them later from their 'family'?? With Finn, he was coming into a house with another Hav, but I did wonder if it would have been harder for him to leave his breeder at 10 weeks, rather than 8, if he was coming into a new home without another Hav.

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I picked Libby, our dachshund, up at 8 weeks. I picked Baxter up between 12 and 16 weeks. Baxter was harder to socialize. Libby has really been a dream (except for her barking). I have no idea how much of that had to do with age and how much with the different personalities of the dogs. Both puppies were kept with their littermates and were loved and taken care of. I don't know that, in either situation, "special" efforts were made at socialization -- I think, in Baxter's case, it was a bit more difficult for the family. So, I just don't have a clear answer. I've read "experts" on both sides.
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Linda,
I think it has to do with how the breeder raises them. With my puppies they are trained to a litter box from the time they are 3 weeks of age, and most of the time most of the puppies stay pretty dependable for their new homes. I don't let mine go until they are 11-12 weeks. If the breeder does not stay consistent then you could have more trouble training them. But also each dog is different and this is a toy breed that is hard to train sometimes.

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Heather, yes, totally agree that each dog is different, and if I didn't know that before I got two, I surely do now! And the differences in my two may just be the differences between the two dogs. It seems they are totally opposite in just about everything, except that they both love people and are very outgoing. Finn hasn't been 'horrid' with potty training, but it definitely has been a longer road than it was with Augie. The question of whether it is harder on the pups to leave when they are older has just been something I have wondered about, but I think the pups could definitely learn manners from their canine family by being with them longer.

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So if you are able to wait until at least 10 weeks I would
It will be hard, can't wait to get my little baby girl home, but I will wait. It seems that most of you agree that 10 weeks would be better for the little one, so 10 weeks it will be .
I was thinking, like most people around me do, that I would have more time to socialize her properly if I take her home being 8 weeks old. All the breeders that I know of here in the Netherlands are letting their pups go home at 8 weeks. I'm really confused now.
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Congratulations again on your new soon to be baby So where are the pictures??
Thank you Heather! I'm gonna ask the breeder if she is ok with placing pictures on the forum (copyright lol), and you will all get to see her when/if i get the green light .

EDITED to say that I already got a go. She is fast, isn't she? :-) I will start a new thread right away :-))))


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Generally speaking it depends on how well socialization can be carried out. If you have time, you can go with eight to nine weeks. According to research of Scott and Fuller , eight weeks is the ideal time.

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