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    I can only speak from my observations with the FIL. He likes to get them older as they settle better, he also for a few weeks has them in the front of the ute, then they graduate to the back tied up and only when he feels they are ready, sometimes a few months later will they start working with the other dogs. Pretty was just about to start work and graduate from the back when she fell pregnant. I have noticed pups working much younger but he prefers that their safety comes first.

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    Oh I see. Thanks for that. Settling better and quicker certainly would be a bonus for me with a busy family, I must say.

    Perhaps the 12 week thing also has to do with the fact that they are such a large breed, and are more robust at 12 weeks than 8, when it could be easier to be injured etc?
    I will ask her though, so I know her particular reasons. I accept that totally, she is the breeder, but the husband was a bit baffled about the 12 weeks too. He thought their pups were going at 8 weeks, until she said 'no 12'.

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    My husband would also love if they went at 8 weeks but that's not going to happen unless I know the owners well.

    Big boned puppies have different needs. Lots of breeders will be careful of diet and jumping and over exercising and then some vets will tell you that's crap. But on things like that I would take the advice of the breeder over the vet.

    Can I ask, being new to the forum (may have missed earlier posts) have you put down a good deposit?

    I've just remembered that once I put off letting my puppies go because I had "dog savvy" friends coming to visit and I wanted them to see the whole litter. It could be as simple as something like that!!!

    But now you've got me curious so please please ask, I've just got to know.

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    A lot of it depends on the breed and even individual litters within a breed.

    Border Collies for example seem to mature very early. Years ago I bred a litter of Borders that were very independant by 6 weeks and could easily have gone to new homes. I kept them until 8 weeks but only because this was the minimum age required by the VCA.

    With the Pugs I found the pups needed their mum and litter mates until around 10 to 12 weeks of age.

    Personally I like to get a pup at 8 weeks provided it is mature enough to leave mum and siblings.

    I chose Weyland Deerhound at 2 weeks and visited him every week until he was 8 weeks old. As I had pick of the dog pups I could have changed my mind at any time but I stuck with the first choice. Weyland came home at 7 weeks and 5 days as I had arranged a couple of days off work to settle him in. Afterwards he came to work with me every day. I don't think I have ever bonded so closely with a dog than I did with Weyland so 8 weeks was the perfect age for him.

    Merlyn Deerhound was 11 weeks when he came home. He took much longer than Weyland to settle although he came from the same very careful breeder.
    If I ever have another Deerhound I would want it at 8 weeks or 9 at the most.

    Kenna Sheltie was almost 10 weeks when she flew up from Sydney. She settled in immediately but I think there would have been problems if she had been younger.

    What I'm trying to say in my waffling way is that it really depends on the individual litter and the person who knows them best is the breeder. Personally I think 12 weeks is a little too long to run on a giant breed but I guess the breeder has her reasons.

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    Mouse and chicken, no I didn't put down a deposit. Offered to pay the entire sum but it seems a lot of the Newfoundland breeders do NOT believe in the deposit thing, and have all given me their reasons why, which are various.

    I think the best solution for me is probably to ensure I visit as much as I can to spend time with my pup (once I know which one is mine) during the 8-12 week stage.

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    Amendment ot the above comment - forget Newfoundland breeders, a lot of breeders of ANY dog do not accept a deposit these days for reasons.

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    7 wks and older, older if they are still socialising with the sire/dam or siblings as they still learn more than if leaving at a younger age.

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    We paid a deposit for Mia. And due to the breeder going interstate for the GSD Nationals, we were allowed to bring her home at 7 weeks. The Nats just fell at a bad time and the breeder gave me the choice. Because we had other dogs, and I would be home with her full time. She said if I was out all day, or was a new dog owner, she would have held off till she came back (she had another breeder looking after all the pups while she was gone).
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