IS 7 WEEKS TOO SOON????

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Hi everyone. Sunday is suppose to be the day that my little man comes home and he will be 7 weeks old. Why the breeder is letting him go @ 7 weeks instead of 8 weeks probably because she delivering them so she wants the new pups at there new homes between 7 to 8 weeks but in reality i do not kno the true reason why. Do you guys think that this is too early even though she states that he is socializing well with his other littermates and is healthy?

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welcome Kiddo...Good question you ask...does a week difference really matter? and if it doesnt, why cant breeder just wait a few more days to deliver pup to you?...I am just thinkinh out loud here.

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Hi Kiddo and Welcome to the forum!

I am not an expert but I do have experience with this situation.. We gt our first pup Bella when she was 12 weeks old but with our newest addition Mopar we got the all to come pick him up when he was 6 weeks. I was skeptical but we made the drive down and picked him up.  He was the first in th elitter to begieating puppy food and when we picked him up he was eating nothing but puupy food and the mother had weaned off the entire litter.  Crate training him so young was alittle harder but he will be 9 weeks old tomorrow and is doing very well. He did not try to suckle on Bella once and has had no issues, his shots were done when we picked him up, he had been wormed and was really ready to go. I cant say it was the right thing to do but e seemed to be okay..

Im sure others will chime in with advice or experience...

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Most breeders like to wait until the pup is 8 weeks old to separate it from the mother and littermates to give the puppy ample time to be weaned, and so that it is 'psychologically' ready to be separated. They learn pack behavior traits from each other in those early weeks of their lives, too. Many breeders give the puppy shots at 8 weeks of age, and want to have the shots administered before going to a new home, also. Some breeders will keep a pup till it's 10 weeks old before re-homing them.  I had to wait till my dobie was 8 weeks old before I could bring her home.  Personally, I dont think 7  or 7 1/2 weeks is too young, especially if they have their shots, are eating good on their own and dont have any separation issues with leaving the mother.

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THANK YOU ALL FOR YOU RESPONSES....IT HELPED EXTREMELY!!!!

I e-mailed the breeder last night also. So she informed me this morning that the mother had weaned them off at about 4 week since they got use to the puppy food, so they have been on puppy food for at least 3 weeks. Also she stated that I can wait longer to pick him up but i will have to drive the 4 hours, and the litter was checked by the vet all were released to be sold. She ensured me that she wouldn't allow them to leave unless the were completely healthy.

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Some states have laws stipulating that puppies can not be sold until 8 weeks - that's how important it is for them to stay with the breeder and littermates until that time. 

Current vaccination protocols are to give the first vaccination at 8 weeks - the latest studies show that the mother's immunity lasts that long in the puppies, and if you vaccinate before that, there is a large risk that the vax will be ineffective. 

If a breeder is trying to shove a puppy out the door before 8 weeks, I'd be extremely leery of that breeder, and personally, I wouldn't buy from them. 

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We got Steve at 7 weeks.. he had no siblings, so it worked out just fine.  Get your puppy! Have fun! Best of luck :)

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Thanks everyone all of your responses were a huge help! The breeder informed me that the mother weaned the babies off @ 4 weeks so they have been on puppy food for at least 3 weeks. The breeder wasn't trying to shove the little one on me (sorry I should have explained more thoroughly) she was just trying to make things less strenuous for me by driving the 4 hours to Chicago and 4 back since my schedule was really crazy around the time she is releasing the pups and early next month, and I was not sure if I would be able to drive to her home around the time I preferred to have him so that his ears could be cropped(10 weeks). So the 7 week mark ended up working best with my schedule and someone else it seemed since she is also dropping off his sister to someone as well in the Lockport,IL area. I will be following his vaccination schedule since the vet has already declared him a healthy, happy, pup and you don't want that to deteriorate!...WELL TOMORROW IS THE BIG DAY MY LITTLE MAFIA WILL BE HERE AND I'M SUPER EXCITED!!!! WISH ME LUCK THROUGHOUT OUR JOURNEY GUYS AND THANKS A MILLION FOR THE FEEDBACK, YOU ALL HAVE BEEN VERY GRACIOUS!!!!

 

KIDDO

A VERY HAPPY PET PARENT(thanks to you;-)