Age to sell puppies

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  1. FoxyWench

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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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    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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    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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    Isn't it interesting how 6 weeks used to be "just fine" and now 8 weeks is being thought of as "almost too soon"?
     
  5. 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.

    :D

    JMO as always.
     
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Nothing goes before 9 wks, I give first vaccs after momma has completely weaned them and I don't rush a weaning. Therefore first vacc's are at 8 wks.
    After that it depends completely on the puppy, if I have a tender pup, it stays, period. That pup needs ME to socialize it and it needs momma and littermates.
    Its the same with a very dominate pup, he/she too also stays longer, their momma and my other adults will teach him/her more than any human could at this age. I also continue to work with the pup.
    Before any pup leaves my home, they are well started on clicker training, well started on house/crate training, know a recall, car rides etc. I also spend every meal (from when they start eating solid foods) of having our hands in their food, removing their food, my face down in the bowl while they eat or are chewing a bone etc.

    Take care
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    Ive had some pups grow like weeds and they needed to stay a bit until they grew into their legs.
     

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