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To add to what Tom said, I think it is also REALLY important to know HOW your breeder is socializing and preparing your pup for their adult life. If you have a breeder who takes their job seriously, does LOTS of socialization, potty trains (regardless of chosen system) crate trains, gets them used to different surfaces and different experiences, it's fine, maybe preferable, to leave them with the breeder a little longer.
If you have a breeder who, no matter how well-meaning, "over-shelters" the puppies, may love them to death, but keeps them mostly in an ex-pen with no other experiences and very few outside people coming into the home, you'd better get your hands on that puppy ASAP to start that critical early socialization and other important early training. That extra 4 weeks between 8 & 12 weeks can make a HUGE difference.
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