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Old 10-01-2007, 06:16 AM
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This "one" person told me that 6 weeks was to young to be given away. But others I talk with said 6 weeks sounds fine? Which is right??
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Well, I made research and yes I found out most think that 6 weeks is to young.. Hmm.. Well my puppy is 6 weeks I am sure some of you know. But the previous owner said that her mommy stop feeding her. So she been eating dry food.

And when I brought her home, she eats dry food and licks up her water. So the owners were honest about her being weaned..

My question is does she need milk replacement??? Since she is to young?? Or do I just stick with what she eating now?
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The reason why pups leave at 8-12 weeks is due more to socialisation than weaning they should be weaned by 6 weeks. What they learn from their litter mates between 6-12 weeks can be invaluable when they learn about not biting etc.
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I'd say 6 weeks is a bit young but I got Fender at 7 weeks & he's fine. Of course I had 3 other dogs to let him know what not to do
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I have never got a puppy younger than 8 weeks. It's just what i prefer to do if she's doing fine i wouldn't worry about her. you will just have to teach her what the other puppies couldn't
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In most states it is illegal to sell a puppy younger than 8 weeks.
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Table of State Puppy Age Sale Laws
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Old 10-01-2007, 02:18 PM
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as stated in MANY states its illegal to sell/give away/buy a puppy under 8 weeks of age.
this is in part due to health issues, a puppy goes through a high stres period in the 6-8week range where things just stress them out more than they normally would, a big move and change can in trun conpromise their immune system, and COULD lead to them getting sick easier.

the other propblem is, puppies do not realy start learning bite inhibition and socila play untill the 6-8 week mark, by removing them from their littermates at anyless than 8 weeks your removing their chance to learn from thier mother and siblings about what play is too much, as well as important dog to dog socilization skills...
its been well documented that while many puppies removed early do ok, puppies removed EARLIER than 8weeks are more prone to get in dog fights, have socilization set backs and be generally either more timid with other dogs and people or too bold and dominant.
these puppies also tend to be harder to break of play biting.

that being said, the pups SHOULD stay with their siblings for as long as possible...
as a breeder, my chihuahua puppies do not leave here untill they are AT LEAST 10 weeks of age, its better for their development, by that time they are clearly displaying behavioural patterns as well as any tendency for hypoglycemia, they are eating well on theri own and are past both the high stress and high fear stages, and have at least 1 round of shots and multiple de-wormings with a strong immune system AND a strong sens of self...it also gives me time to start with basic training ie crate and potty training...

a RESPONSIBLE respectable breeder will not allow their pups to go home untill at least 8weeks of age, 10 weeks is however more common and a better age in toy breeds as it takes them a little longer to mature to the "ready to go home stage"

and all ive ever heard from people whove bought puppies from me is how wonderfully there doing, how easy to train, and socilize ect.
if i get a particularly shy puppy ill keep the puppy unitll 12-16 weeks of age to make sure that puppy is developed and mentally strong enough to withstand the stress of a move...

thats part of being a responsible breeder.

6 weeks USED to be "ok" now veterinary and behavioural studies are showing that anything from 8-12 weeks is MUCH better on the puppy!
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