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    What is the best age to get a puppy?

    8 weeks? 10 weeks? 12 weeks?

    Reason I ask, the breeder I'm buying my puppy from usually runs the pups on to 12 weeks before allowing them to go to their new homes.

    I haven't yet asked her what her specific reasons are, so should probably do that.

    Some vets (from personal experience) will say that 8-10 weeks is an ideal time for bonding, so just curious to see what others think, or what info or knowledge they have about this.

    Thanks.

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    My breeder does 12 weeks..
    He likes to make sure they have all their injections and microchip before he lets them go, last injection at 11 - 12 weeks...
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    As long as breeder is doing good socialization, I'd leave a puppy longer than 8 weeks. I got mine at 10 weeks from the pound, and she'd been desexed at 8 weeks, I think they said she'd been with her litter mates until a couple of days before I got her. Not sure what happened to the mum. Anyway she seemed very lonely and upset for a while, though she liked me. If you take them away too young they get all freaked out and stay that way for longer - I think that's how it goes. And they're not as well socialised - ie they don't get enough time to learn how to behave properly with other puppies (ie litter mates).

    I guess the trickiest thing is balancing the important need to socialise the puppy with other puppies and dogs, with making sure all the vaccinations are done so the puppy doesn't risk some nasty disease. The timing of the vaccinations being done, and when the puppy is too old for puppy pre-school or teaching gentle biting/bite inhibition, allows for no procrastination. However if puppy stays with breeder, they get more of the doggy socialization. And you'd have to visit lots to get more of the people socialization happening.

    Bottom line - pay attention to what the breeder says. You did your research and you trust this breeder knows what they are doing...

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    From 8-10 weeks is good. Though must admit I'm guilty of keeping mine until 11 weeks so that I know they have received good socialisation and because I keep one for myself I'm then certain I've picked the right show puppy, handled them a lot, taken a few short car trips with litter mates, etc etc.

    I also don't rush to get the needles done, letting some of their own immune system build.

    Just ask the breeder. They will have their own particular reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    What is the best age to get a puppy?

    8 weeks? 10 weeks? 12 weeks?

    Reason I ask, the breeder I'm buying my puppy from usually runs the pups on to 12 weeks before allowing them to go to their new homes.

    I haven't yet asked her what her specific reasons are, so should probably do that.

    Some vets (from personal experience) will say that 8-10 weeks is an ideal time for bonding, so just curious to see what others think, or what info or knowledge they have about this.

    Thanks.
    Hi DA

    Some breeders wait until 12 weeks to see which puppies will be show quality and which will be pet quality. It is difficult to determine in an 8 week old puppy, so that might be her reasoning It can be difficult in 12 week old puppy, but you have a bigger chance in seeing the show qualities.

    From 4-8 weeks puppy learns from Mummy....from 8-12 weeks puppy learn from their humans. This is the reason why vets say 8 weeks is the right time...so puppy can bond with their humans.

    I hope this helped
    Last edited by Cleasanta; 11-26-2009 at 07:46 AM.

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    Thanks guys.

    It has come to my attention that each owner is expected to get the final 12 week vaccination for their puppy after they are allowed to go with their owners at 12 weeks.
    Um, that doesn't sound right to me, so yes, I think I need to discuss that with her.

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    I have been wondering what is the best for mine too. I have talked to Chop and she is leaving it to me to judge when River is ready. I was thinking about 10 weeks or so was possibly a good age. Though if he is ready I would be ok with 8 with him. The others that are going to farmers may like them here a bit longer.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    If I let a pup go at 12 weeks it would not be unusual for me to ask the owners to get the 12wk vac.

    Sometimes when I chose to run two or three pups on to about age 14-16 weeks I will pay for all the vac's and price accordingly, sometimes this can go against me and at other times there is interest and I can recoup some money.

    But then I like to do vac's late because I don't force wean the puppies so they have the protection of their mother for longer.

    However you have picked a breed where the breeder can have a lot of say due to demand.

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    The others that are going to farmers may like them here a bit longer.

    Do you know why, Di, that the farmers would possibly leave them with mum a bit longer?

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    We used to give our puppies away when they were 8-10 weeks old. Usually not later than that unless the circumstances didn't allow it.

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