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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-02-2019, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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8 weeks or 9

Hi again!

I can pick my new puppy up any day from the 28th October. It was born on the 2nd September.
I have heard many mixed opinions on dogs generally that an extra few days with its mom after 8 weeks mark can be beneficial.
Is this true for Havanese? Or should I collect on the 28th?

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My breeder did not release the pups until they were ten weeks old. I think the extra time would be beneficial but only if other puppies in the litter are still there.
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Thanks for your reply!

I think in this country (Denmark) 8 weeks seems to be the norm... so I imagine there won't be too many litter mates left...
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Many Havanese breeders here do a minimal vaccine protocol, with only two distemper & parvo shots, with the first at 9 weeks. So most breeders do not let the pups go until just after that first vaccine.

There are pros and cons of doing it both ways. I think with our breed, I like having them with their littermate until 9-10 weeks. In my experience, they tend to be less "sharky" and have better bite inhibition if they have been taught that by their littermates. OTOH, it is perfectly possible to teach that yourself. If I had ANY concerns about the breeder doing proper socialization during those last two weeks, I'd want to bring the puppy home so I could do it. With my first puppy, I was very happy to have my breeder, who I KNEW was very good in terms of early puppy training, socialization and potty training put a little more "start" on my puppy for me!

So, I guess the answer is, "It depends"!
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Skye's breeder was letting the pups go at 8 weeks. But she kept him to just over 10 weeks for me. So most of his litter mates were gone, but he still had mom and dad and other family dogs to teach him manners. Also had the family to work with him. I'm glad I waited to bring him home.
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Due to moving, we couldn’t bring Oliver home till 11 weeks (our breeder was ok with letting him come at 8 weeks if we could have). He had 2 brothers left in the litter. It all worked out ok. I’m kind of glad we waited. He was very well socialized with my breeder (her young daughter burst into tears when we picked him up). He slept through the night within a week or two.
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Thanks for all of your replies guys! Lots to think about and consider.

I think I'll go somewhere in the middle, around 9 weeks old... but first I need to find out if he'll be alone or not for that extra week
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8 weeks is a good age for a very experienced dog person.

Ours don't get their first shot until after 9 weeks, so they stay beyond that until a convenient pickup date for the new owners.

If you are not an experienced dog person, and the breeder does a good job raising puppies, with a pack to help, it's better to leave the pup there until 10 weeks.
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8 weeks is a good age for a very experienced dog person.

Ours don't get their first shot until after 9 weeks, so they stay beyond that until a convenient pickup date for the new owners.

If you are not an experienced dog person, and the breeder does a good job raising puppies, with a pack to help, it's better to leave the pup there until 10 weeks.
And THESE are the breeders I was VERY happy leaving my first puppy with for extra time.
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We brought Shama home when she was nine and a half weeks old . . .
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