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Old 02-18-2007, 06:30 PM
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I really think it depends on the breed and how mature each individual puppy is. My pug puppies wont leave my home until 12 weeks. I want a chance to get them used to collars, many car rides, being crated by themselves for short periods and eating solids with ease and past the fear period etc. I think a good breeder knows when their pups are ready for that next step and it may be different for each litter and each puppy.
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Old 02-18-2007, 06:54 PM
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My pug puppies wont leave my home until 12 weeks. I want a chance to get them used to collars, many car rides, being crated by themselves for short periods and eating solids with ease and past the fear period etc.
I totally, agreee with you.

When/if I breed I want to do the same with my pups before they leave my house
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:10 PM
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Showpug and Lizmo, I agree with you both. Like Lizmo said, if/when I do breed I plan to socialize and desensitize the snot out of my pups!
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:57 PM
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AT the kennels we let them go starting at 8 weeks and the female was always allowed to keep one pup as a trainer that would latter be sold as a starter dog...field work. I thought it was very kind of my boss to allow the mom to keep one for quite a long time. By 8 weeks a large litter sometimes up to 14 are taking a toll and Mom needs to be able to have her own space for a break.
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Old 02-18-2007, 08:09 PM
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Eight weeks was fine for my Goldens ..... think they are easier to house break at this age too .
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Old 02-18-2007, 10:12 PM
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I think 8 weeks is fine, though I agree it depends on the breed and the individual. If I bred very small dogs, I'd keep the puppies until 12-16 weeks just so they could be a bit bigger and less fragile, as well as have a bit more training and socialization on them.

By 8 weeks, I think Border Collie pups are ready to go. At 7 weeks they start wanting a lot more attention and interaction from humans, and clearly are ready to bond with others outside their litter.
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Old 02-19-2007, 03:03 AM
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I kept my litter til they were 12 weeks old and my next litter I will do the same, I make sure the pups are well socialised, eating solids, had their vacinations, that way when the pups go out into the world they dont have a two week break from leaving me to having their last vaccination and can go straight out, my pups are introduced to all sorts during their time with me, different noises, places, people etc they are also nearly house trained too and have been introduced to a lead. all the pups without exception from my litter are confident, happy, socialised and the owners are over the moon with them, not one is frightened of firework noises, traffic, people, other animals etc.

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Old 02-19-2007, 09:20 PM
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8 weeks is the ideal age for me, but I would keep the pup forever until I found the perfect home!
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Old 02-21-2007, 12:51 PM
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When my grandma's Golden Retriever, Isis had pups, I think they were 12 weeks, when they left her house, it was an accidental breeding. She got over to Spike. (the unneutered male dog) Those pups were a bundle of joy though, but not needed. But, they got socialized very well. I know everything about spaying/neutering. but these dogs are no longer living. so no point in it now.
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Old 02-24-2007, 04:53 PM
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We brought Sasha home at 8 weeks of age. She had her 1st shots 3 deworming at that time. We were instructed to take her directly to our vet which we did. The vet said that she was healthy and happy. So my question is why not 8 weeks. To be honest with you I would not have wanted her any older. My personal prefrance
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