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Gecko 04-21-2005 12:38 PM

age to get a puppy?
What is the best age to get a puppy? I always heard you should get them at 6 weeks or even 8 weeks. But my bf says its better to get them when they are younger than 3-4 weeks. Is that good for the puppy??

jmb9101 04-21-2005 12:58 PM

The puppy should stay with its mom until it is at least 8 weeks. The only reason a pup should be away from its mom is if the mother is rejecting the puppies, or if the mom has puppy should be away from their mom at 3-4 weeks. They need to stay with mom and siblings until 8 weeks. :) There are some cases where they cant, but its best for your pup if they can.

Chrisanne 04-21-2005 01:54 PM

3-4 weeks is wayyyy to young. Like Melissa said, 8 weeks is best.

The reasoning is it gives them a chance to get fully weaned plus in the 6-8 week age range they learn their "life skills" from mom and the siblings.

Puppies that stay with mom and litter mates until they are at least 8 weeks of age generally have better temperments and are just all around more healthy (mind and body).

I have never met a responsible breeder that would let a puppy go at 3-4 weeks old. If they were willing to do so, I would question their ethics. In some states it is even illegal to sell a puppy earlier than 8 weeks.

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