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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-27-2008, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Question for breeders...

Is it ok to take a pup home at 9 weeks old? That's how old Cricket will be when I'm going to get her, but I've never had a pup that young...they were all 12 weeks and older. Just wondering what difference 3 weeks can make or if it is recommended at all to take them when they are only 9 weeks...
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I picked up Norah when she was 12 weeks (we hadn't known her since she was born) and we picked Nick up when he was 9 weeks. He seems perfectly socialized and developed. Just verrrry tiny!
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I think it all depends on the breeder. I got Jillee when she was eight weeks old but I also am 20 minutes from my breeder though.

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I got Cosmo at 9 weeks .. He weighed about 5 lbs . I got Asta at 11 weeks .. it just worked out that way .. I wanted to get him earlier but there were too many obstacles and the breeder decided to wait ..

If I had my druthers I would get them older than 8-9 weeks supposedly there is this fear factor thing they go through so they try to place them before it or after it ..
I think it helps if they stay with their mommie and litter just a little bit longer but I am not a breeder just an owner..
I was told it does not matter that much by some people and others tend to disagree..
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I was with Jillee since she was four weeks...I went over to my breeders house everyweek...a couple of times at that. I read up on things and made sure she was safe and very cautious of the fear period. Speaking of Jillee hubby went to bed and they were all were in there..so I came in here to look up somethings and here she comes like mommy please come to bed...whining and barking at me...went and got one of her beds and she is crashed. Soo silly..has to be with mommy!!!

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We generally wait until 10 weeks but if there are special circumstances, a well adjusted confident puppy, and experienced puppy raisers then we wouldn't rule it out. Otherwise they learn a lot in that one week from their mom and siblings-things like what happens when they play too rough and give and take on bite playing. Mom generally puts them in their place that week.
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We actually got Vinny at a couple of days under 8 weeks. He was a very confident little guy and we were experienced dog owners. It just so happened that his breeder was coming to CA for a wedding from Fl at that time and could fly him with her. We have never looked back, great experience.

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There are differences between a 10 week and a 9 week old puppy and it all depends on temperament as well as what you want/can handle. I personally would wait the extra week (or even two) because by then the puppy will most likely sleep through the night and their mothers have been able to teach them a lot of skills. One of the big ones, of course, is that biting can hurt and how to not play too rough so it might make it easier for you to teach the puppy your own rules.

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I think it really depends on the puppy...we got Marley right at 8 weeks and it was no problem at all for him. He never showed any signs of missing his "family" and fit right in with ours. Other puppies may be totally different. I would hope that if the breeder had any concerns, she would share them with you!!

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Between learning extra puppy manners, including bite inhibition, and avoiding strange new circumstances during the fear period (8-10 weeks old), I prefer to keep them here until they are 10 weeks old.

9 weeks is OK with the right circumstances, but I think 10 weeks is much better.

I still have two puppies here that are almost 12 weeks old and I see them blossoming and comprehending so much more these last two weeks that it amazes me. I'm not necessarily advocating keeping them with the breeder for that long, but the way their mom interacts with them and the way they interact with each other shows that they've changed so much.
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