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Old 12-26-2013, 08:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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8 weeks is the law in many states.

I think 12 weeks is fine if the breeder is doing plenty of socialization with the puppy. If the pup will be in the back yard, basement, or garage for another 4 weeks, it is preferable for the dog to be with you beyond 8 weeks.

Prior to eight weeks the pups miss out on some dog-dog relations that they get from their littermates, who are really the only age dog they should be with, with the exception of a good dam. The dam can be totally separate by six weeks or allowed to be with them.

Problems can be lack of understanding other dogs' body language and bite inhibition.
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