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The breeder I am getting Tansy from wants her to go home around 6 weeks old. Everything I am reading says that that is bad? What consequences exactly would it have for her to come home at 6 weeks? I have never had to even think about it, all our other dogs were mutts that were older when we brought them home. I could probably ask her to keep her an extra week or so, but is it worth possibly upsetting her? I want it all to be as perfect as possible.

She did say that the puppies would only go home if they were eating and pooping well, so she does have that in her favor.
 

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Why does the breeder want to get rid of the puppies so early? I'm no expert, but a lot of people here seem to agree that 6 weeks is way too young to be away from their momma. Why would your breeder be upset? You can just tell her that you would feel better if your chi was with the mom for at least another month. I know Chiwi's momma got her at 3 weeks. There's so many things to watch for. I'm pretty sure there are stickys that can help you out. There's a bunch of people here that can surely help you out too. Sorry if I wasn't of any help to you. Let us know what happens though! :wave:
 

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I think that she just thinks that's the right time. I know a lot of people do think that puppies should/can go home as soon as they are eating and pooping on their own.

I did some looking online, and the best answer I can find, is that it's an important socializing time. Which I can do myself... I see a lot of people say they got their puppies at 6 weeks, but everyone says that older is better. I suppose I'm just looking for a firm, "this is why" type reason.
 

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2 Main Reasons:

Behavior/Social Skills: being with litter mates and the back will teach it how to interact with dogs and learn "pecking order", as well as increase bite inhibition. Taking a dog away from the pack and its mother too early will make it more difficult to train, and establish "alpha-ness" in your household, and also make it more susceptible to bite and dog agression. These facts have been established by scientific testing as sad as it is, however this information helps us owners and breeders know how to be responsible in doing the right thing for puppies.

Immunity: If kept by the breeder, with the mother and littermates, your puppy is (hopefully) in a controlled environment. Before 8 weeks, the maternal antibodies are all that your puppy has to fight off serious infectious diseases. Taking a puppy home before that can put it at greater risk for getting these diseases wherever you go since many are airborne. By taking your pup home at 8 weeks, and getting it vaccinated ASAP (the vaccines aren't effective until 8 weeks of age), you are putting your pup at the lowest amount of risk possible for infectious diseases.

Hope this helps.
-Nate
 

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NONE, 6 , 7 , and 8 is too young if a breeder is wanting to sell the pup at 6 weeks you really need to reconsider going to a different breeder, these pups are smaller than normal pups who dont leave till 8 weeks so they need to stay with Mom and littermates extra to learn socialisation, I mean at 6 weeks it is probably still drinking bits of Moms milk, I GET SO ANGRY WITH THESE STUPID BREEDERS :twisted: please tell them you refuse to get her if it is before 8 weeks Tansy still needs her Mamma

Please remember a good breeder will not sell chi pups until 10 or 12 weeks and check local laws as in some places it is illegal to take a pup from its mom before 8 weeks ( I mean doesnt that say something why would it be illegal if it was ok to do :? )
 

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Unfortunately, California has the least stringent breeder laws. Whenever a client asks for a good breeder, I refer them out of state, the dogs are always better taken care of, healthier, cleaner, and closer to standards. In California, sometimes you don't know what you're going to get. Sad, but true.
 

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That is strange

Here in Florida, by law, a breeder cannot sell a puppy before 8 weeks. SO...if a State has a law like that it obviously is in the best interest of the puppy not to be sold until he/she reaches 8 weeks...
 

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i unforuntelty got odie at 6 weeks old. i think he was lucky. since coming here ive seen that it is not good.i once had a border collie my mom rescued from an unscruplous so called rescue and he was 6 weeks old but he was in a little box. no mama in sight.he got really sick in the beginging he wasnt so lucky but he did surivive though.i hope my puppy wont have other doggie problems later on i want to socolaise him with other dogs as soon as i can. hes people socialsed though. :wink: :wink: liek the others have said it is best to wait if you can or find another puppy that is older. :wink:
 

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i got my puppies at 11 weeks and i felt that was perfect, i would not want them any earlier, the longer they stay with their mother they better because they are sooo small.
 

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I think that she just thinks that's the right time. I know a lot of people do think that puppies should/can go home as soon as they are eating and pooping on their own.
If she is a respectable breeder, then she would know that puppies, especially Chis, should go home at 10 weeks or after. I'm not doubting you or your breeder, but in the best interest of your pup, get it at 10-12 weeks old. Just because they may be pooping/eating well doesn't really tell how well they really are.

and Nate, I agree about the whole Cali thing. In the bay area is where I'm from, and let me tell ya, most people here just don't give a rats bum about their dogs. They're all in it for the money :x .. Very sad...
 

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I am no expert but I can tell you the difference in getting a puppy at 6 weeks versus 12 weeks is amazing. The difference in their chewing and biting by staying longer with the mother and littermates makes a big difference.
 

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Firstly i would go to another breeder. This one sounds awful trying to make you take a Chi home at 6 weeks of age! :x Im a soon to be Chi mum(well in six weeks :lol: ), and i i saw my little one last night. Shes 4 weeks old now and id be terrified of the thought of having her in 2 weeks time as shes just so very tiny etc! I spoke to the breeder and she says the same as the others here in this forum, that Chi`s are different from other breeds and need extra time when young. Also if there taken away from the breeders too young they may have a problem with feeding and stop feeding. That being one of the many serious problems you may encounter if you have a puppy too young like that.Hope this helps. :)
 

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Firstly i would go to another breeder. This one sounds awful trying to make you take a Chi home at 6 weeks of age! Im a soon to be Chi mum(well in six weeks ), and i i saw my little one last night. Shes 4 weeks old now and id be terrified of the thought of having her in 2 weeks time as shes just so very tiny etc! I spoke to the breeder and she says the same as the others here in this forum, that Chi`s are different from other breeds and need extra time when young. Also if there taken away from the breeders too young they may have a problem with feeding and stop feeding. That being one of the many serious problems you may encounter if you have a puppy too young like that.Hope this helps.
I totally agree :wave:
 

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2 Main Reasons:

Behavior/Social Skills: being with litter mates and the back will teach it how to interact with dogs and learn "pecking order", as well as increase bite inhibition. Taking a dog away from the pack and its mother too early will make it more difficult to train, and establish "alpha-ness" in your household, and also make it more susceptible to bite and dog agression. These facts have been established by scientific testing as sad as it is, however this information helps us owners and breeders know how to be responsible in doing the right thing for puppies.

Immunity: If kept by the breeder, with the mother and littermates, your puppy is (hopefully) in a controlled environment. Before 8 weeks, the maternal antibodies are all that your puppy has to fight off serious infectious diseases. Taking a puppy home before that can put it at greater risk for getting these diseases wherever you go since many are airborne. By taking your pup home at 8 weeks, and getting it vaccinated ASAP (the vaccines aren't effective until 8 weeks of age), you are putting your pup at the lowest amount of risk possible for infectious diseases.

Hope this helps.
-Nate
WOW that is very awesome to know Thanx! I'm not getting Lex until he's 16 weeks old, I'm getting him from a no-kill shelter and I have to wait til he is able to get neutered before I can have him. Which now I'm much more respectful of it now, knowing this information because I want him to be very socialable and a very sweet dog, and I'm glad that that puts him at a better risk for it. Thanx! :D :D
 

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She is coming home at 9-10 weeks now. :D I just said I was uncomfortable, and had read something things that made me worry, and it was no problem.
 
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