When is best to pick-up your pup?
I know this is a very contraversial topic. I have read countless articles lately on the benefits, and downfalls of either way.
I am looking for your opinions on the subject.
I've always heard 8 wks. but was recently told by a breeder, not on here, that between 7-8 and no longer then 9 is optimal. I'm sure our breeders on here will have more info. for you then I.
Personally, I don't see a problem with either.
♣ Laura ♣
Some people are very insistent that exactly 49 days is optimum, others on 8 weeks, others on between 8 and 12 weeks. Some states have laws that specify they may not be picked up earlier than 8 weeks.
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We got Sadie at 7 wks.
over 7 and under 9. I'd rather take a pup at 8 weeks though.
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Either is fine. I like folks to pick up their pups on the weekends, and we had so many pups I had to stagger it, so one went a day before 7 weeks, some at 7 1/2, some at 8 1/2, one at 10 weeks. No socialization problems with any of the pups, so I heard.
I held on to a girl 12 weeks (she needed some small surgery) went to her new home and she's easily the most social of Ruby's puppies!
I held on to another until 18 months and likewise, there's no harm done.
The 'best' puppy I had was 11 weeks when I brought him home. Well crate trained and sleeping through the night.
I say 8-9 weeks, no sooner than 8 though. It depends on the breeder too. If breeder keeps them locked in a cage or box all day, with no contact then earlier is obviously better. If he/she is crate training, and interacting, and socializing, I don't see how longer is worse
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