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Ideal time to bring home puppy

I had read that it was better to leave small breed dogs with their mothers a little longer, so I thought something like 10 weeks would be optimal to pick up my new fur baby.

However, I just read through Ian Dunbar's puppy guide, and he advises that 8 weeks is preferable to a little older.

Is that the common sentiment among Havanese knowledgable folks? Picking up my boy a little earlier is certainly ok with me!
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I think the consensus for most here would be to wait. I got Timmy at 10 weeks, but I know others have picked their's up at 8 weeks. I'm sure others will chime in with their two cents, I guess there are pros and cons with both sides.

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Leave it up to your breeder. Some are good to go at 8 weeks, to an experienced home, and others are better off staying for a couple of more weeks. There is no one ideal time for every puppy in every home.
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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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Eight weeks is fine . Like Ian mentions it depends on your education, if you're ready and the breeder agrees, eight weeks is fine. Scott and Fuller researched this area and that is their finding, minimum eight.

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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.
THIS is the best advice! KNOW your breeder well and what, if any socialization and grooming readiness is going on. If you have an excellent breeder who is doing everything he/she can for your puppy, then I would suggest picking your pup up later rather than earlier. By staying a few extra weeks the pups can learn a LOT of lessons about bite inhibition as well as growing a stronger bladder!!

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THIS is the best advice! KNOW your breeder well and what, if any socialization and grooming readiness is going on. If you have an excellent breeder who is doing everything he/she can for your puppy, then I would suggest picking your pup up later rather than earlier. By staying a few extra weeks the pups can learn a LOT of lessons about bite inhibition as well as growing a stronger bladder!!
I second this. IF your breeder is working on socialization and starting house training then extra time with littermates and mom can help with bite inhibition. Also, the time will help with housetraining as long as your breeder is actively working to teach the puppies to use an appropriate potty place and is keeping them very clean so they don't think its ok to walk or lie down in pee and poo. Ask your breeder to start your pup sleeping in a crate by himself at night a few days before you bring him home. It will make for a much less stressful first few nights for your family. Also, a lot depends on whether your family has had experience in puppy raising or if this is your first puppy. If its your first puppy, it is extremely important to have a breeder that will mentor you and be willing to answer any and all questions, offer guidance on all aspects of dog care and be there for you every step of the way for the whole life of your dog!


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Another consideration is your own schedule. We picked up our pup at 10 weeks because it was the start of Memorial Day weekend and my husband is out of vacation days. This allowed both of us to spend a solid 72 hours introducing her to our life before he had to return to work. Otherwise, we might have waited another week for Zelda to grow up even more in her great breeder environment.


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Sounds like all great advice - thanks so much. Obviously, not a black and white issue.

The pups will be 8 weeks old the last week of June - I'd like to have mine home by July 4 so I can use the July 4 holiday for some extra bonding time.
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Another consideration is your own schedule. We picked up our pup at 10 weeks because it was the start of Memorial Day weekend and my husband is out of vacation days. This allowed both of us to spend a solid 72 hours introducing her to our life before he had to return to work. Otherwise, we might have waited another week for Zelda to grow up even more in her great breeder environment.


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Yup. And I got Kodi a little later than some of his litter mates were picked up, because I was going to a conference, and didn't want to bring him home and IMMEDIATELY leave him with someone else for 3 days!


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