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What Age is Best To Bring Puppy Home?
Wondered if anyone could share their insights or experience on this topic....
Assuming we are able to visit the breeder this weekend and find our perfect fur face, these puppies are a little older than I thought, and I think technically could go home next weekend, when they will be exactly 8 weeks. I've got a lot to do to get ready, and that will be a scramble.
When I got my yorkie, a LOOONG time ago, I remember that breeder saying she didn't like to let them go before 10-11 weeks, she thought 8 was too young to be separated from mama.
I haven't spoken to this breeder about the timeline yet, but she's very nice and I think she would be open to keeping her to the 11 week mark if I thought I needed the extra time. The way my schedule looks, if I have any hope of getting a few days off work to adjust with a new puppy, it would have to be next weekend, or not until the weekend after Thanksgiving. (We are hosting it for the first time this year, and as much as I'd like to have a puppy here for the big event - a great chance to socialize her, if I brought her home only days before that, I'm afraid I'd be a sleepless basket case for the holiday and not a very good hostess.)
In terms of potty training and the practical stuff, sleeping through the night, etc., is there a big difference between 8 weeks and 11-12 weeks in terms of how fast they get it, or how long they can hold it between pee breaks? My recollection is that the very young ones are pretty much constantly dripping - lol!
On the flip side, is there an important bonding stage I'd be missing by waiting a couple weeks?
I am already kind of an insomniac, and my biggest worry is major sleep disruption because I get so little as it is. I know that will be temporary and will happen initially no matter what age the puppy is when she's in new surroundings, but would a few extra weeks mean longer, easier nights sooner than later?