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Old 02-24-2007, 08:23 PM
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if i was breeding anything bigger than a cocker i odnt see anything wrong with 8-10 weeks, however smaller breeds its just not ideal to send them home that young.
with the chihuahuas each pup is an individual, 2 were ready (and did go home) at 10 weeks, one of the females wasnt ready untill 12 weeks, and while my parents got rosie she was the shyest of the litter and had i been finding her a new home she wouldnt have left till 16 weeks to give her extra time to get used to life. i wont send out the chi pups any younger than 10 weeks, 12 weeks seems to typically be the age there ready to go though.

its also suggested that you vacinate toy breds older, my pups dont get their first vacinations untill there 8 weeks.
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Old 02-24-2007, 10:07 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
The latest advice on vaccinations protocol is to have the first shots at 8 weeks of age. Some puppies have reactions. So, obviously it is wise to keep them at least one more week to monitor for any reactions before sending them off. I also like for them to have a week for the vaccinations to work into the system and take effect before they start heading to strange and new locations.

In my breed, Dobermans, I don't crop until a week after the first vaccinations. That means I can't crop until 9 weeks. It then takes a week before their stitches come out. That takes them to 10 weeks or more before they are ready to leave.
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Old 02-24-2007, 10:43 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
It's more about allowing the pups to be with their dam and littermates a little longer so they can learn those important life lessons. I think it's also important to get the pup started in many different areas before sending it off. I personally would never send a pup home at 8 weeks due to the fear period! I don't think it's a bad age, I just wouldn't send them off that young...
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Old 02-24-2007, 11:19 PM
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Isn't it interesting how 6 weeks used to be "just fine" and now 8 weeks is being thought of as "almost too soon"?
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Old 02-25-2007, 01:13 PM
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I have the same opinion. I will grade the litter around 8 weeks, and the PAT testing will be done on the 49th day.

However, no new homes until at least 9 weeks because I will also do the first vaccines at 8 weeks.

At this age, with a good breeder who is interacting with the puppies, 2 more weeks with the breeder is of no consequence to the remainder of the life of the puppy.

As a breeder it gives me 2 more weeks to watch temperaments develop and make sure I'm putting the right puppy with the right person.



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Old 03-02-2007, 08:10 AM
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Riot was ready to go at 8 weeks, but I left him another week so i got him when he was 9 weeks old
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if i was breeding anything bigger than a cocker i odnt see anything wrong with 8-10 weeks, however smaller breeds its just not ideal to send them home that young.
with the chihuahuas each pup is an individual, 2 were ready (and did go home) at 10 weeks, one of the females wasnt ready untill 12 weeks, and while my parents got rosie she was the shyest of the litter and had i been finding her a new home she wouldnt have left till 16 weeks to give her extra time to get used to life. i wont send out the chi pups any younger than 10 weeks, 12 weeks seems to typically be the age there ready to go though.

its also suggested that you vacinate toy breds older, my pups dont get their first vacinations untill there 8 weeks.
That's what I feel about toys. 10 weeks should be the earliest, but many pups are ready at 10 weeks. Some need more time. We got Beau at 10 weeks old- but he's a very outgoing dog who was still moving into a house with other dogs. We had no socialization problems at all. Harry is more reserved and took 14 weeks to get to where the breeder felt he was ready to go. (She does extensive socialization with her pups before they go out).
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Old 03-03-2007, 12:57 AM
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I got Oski at 7 weeks. The breeders said they normally wait until at least 8 weeks unless the pup is going to be attended to for the majority of the day. Well with me working only part time and going to school and my boyfriend the same but on opposite schedules, the dog would have constant attention. They also sold another pup to a police officer that young too so that it could bond better with him. I am really glad that I got him that young, he really bonded with us sooner and learned how to trust people more. I hand fed him for the first 3 weeks and now he takes food from people very gently. He is not aggressive with his food, bones, toys, etc at all!! With people or other dogs, and I think this early bonding/trust period had a big influence on that.
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Old 03-03-2007, 10:26 AM
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that bond and trust is just as easily forged with a 16 week old pup or a 6 months old pup.
I didnt get vixie untill she as over 6 months, within a week of work she was my shadow, she has bonded with me better than superglue, she trusts me completly and thus trusts anyone i introduce her to, she is not in one ounce food agressive and food can be taken right out her mount (with your mouth if so inclined).

Age of comming home has little to do with those behaviours when your dog is from a good breeder who socilizes the dog well and goes to a good owner who continues to socilize well.
7 weeks or 7 months SHOULD make no difference (again if the dog is comming from a good breeder where its been well socilized from birth)
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Old 03-03-2007, 04:09 PM
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Jedi (a Dogo) wasn't allowed to go home with us until 12 weeks. Loki (APBT) we picked up at 10 weeks. I think 8 weeks should be the bare minimum. When I hear of people picking up puppies at 4, 5, 6 weeks, it makes me cringe.
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