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Hessa 12-26-2013 08:16 PM

Am I bringing her home too soon?
 
So my pup was born on 11/25/13, and breeder says she'll be ready to come home around 1/6/13. That's 6 weeks. Seemed fine to me as this would be my first pup, and have no idea about that kind of stuff. After going through the forum though I'm starting to notice most bring their pups home around 8 weeks, and when someone says 6 they're concerned about it.

What are the concerns with this, and how serious of an issue is it?

We're talking Nevada, guess certain states have laws about this. So if you I'd appreciate the help. Thanks.


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Vagus 12-26-2013 08:20 PM

Yes it is advised to not take a pup from the litter before 8 weeks - some people think even this is too soon and prefer 12weeks. It's very important for the puppies' to socialise with their littermates and mother during this time. The foundation for bite inhibition starts with the litter (and mother) not to mention social development. Perhaps more people will give some info, but I thought I'd share a quick comment just in case this post is over looked with it being holiday season and all. Good luck :)

LoveEcho 12-26-2013 08:24 PM

Six weeks is indeed too soon. Any breeder who lets a pup go that young is not a responsible breeder.

Jax08 12-26-2013 08:31 PM

In many states, it is illegal to remove a puppy from it's mother and littermates prior to 8 weeks.

What Vagus said....

Lucy Dog 12-26-2013 08:39 PM

Any breeder encouraging you to take a puppy home at 6 weeks is probably not someone you should be buying a puppy from.

selzer 12-26-2013 08:44 PM

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.

misslesleedavis1 12-26-2013 08:46 PM

8 weeks is the standard wait time around here, when i hear anything under 8 weeks its a automatic red flag to me.

Hessa 12-26-2013 08:50 PM

Okay so bad breeder, but I'm not going to just let her go. Deposit aside she still deserves a loving home and I won't deny her it because of a bad breeder. I will try to leave her there for 8 weeks, but now that I know this breeder isn't too responsible I don't know if I should. Anyways it's too soon obviously, but what are the repercussions? I have access to other dogs small and big boy and girl. Would that help with areas it draws concern to?


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mspiker03 12-26-2013 08:51 PM

List of rules by state:
http://www.animallaw.info/articles/o...ysaletable.htm

In addition to what other people have said, I would personally appreciate the extra two weeks of sleep!! :)


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Hessa 12-26-2013 08:52 PM

Guess Selzer answered. My bad and thanks.


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