Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Ontario, Canada
No, not all pups have their ears up at 8 weeks, but those ears do look pretty strong at the base, so probably will stand with no problems. My older girl's ears didn't stand completely until she was nearly 9 months!
Looks purebred to me. If the parents have papers, ask to see them. Have parents had hips and elbows x-rayed? Pups should also have first set of shots and been dewormed at least once before going home.
A good pup should be confident and curious, not hiding in the back corner of the kennel. Eyes should be bright, coats shiny and soft, not coarse and brittle. Pot-bellies may indicate a large load of worms and poor care by the breeder.
Couple of easy test you can do: bang on a food bowl to see if a pup has issues with loud noises. Bring a toy, and get the pups to play with it. Drag it along the ground/floor to test prey drive.
Separate a pup from its littermates, place it down some distance away from you, clap your hands and call 'puppy, puppy' and see if it will come. You want a pup that's interested in humans and eager to interact with you.