FIRST FEAR IMPRINT PERIOD OCCURS BETWEEN 8-10 WEEKS. AVOID PLACING PUPS DURING THIS TIME. AVOID SHIPPING PUPS, EAR CROPPING TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES.
Pups that have been properly socialized and bonded with breeder can be successfully placed at 10-12 weeks after they have passed the first fear imprint period and while they are still young enough to be "babies."
Honistly I would wait until 10 weeks, like everyone is saying. I know that you really want your puppy now but like the article says puppies learn very important things during the period of 8-10 weeks. If you take this puppy home before they can learn mannors from the mom and littermates you might have a very naughty puppy on your hands. I dont know how many people come into our training center with their puppies and are having chewing problems, biting problems, and overall training problems. When asked what age the pup was when it came home they all say 7-9 weeks. Thats not to say that a pup placed in a home at an older age wont have problems, but you are almost guaranteed biting and social problems if they go home before 10 weeks.
I brought Ginger home at 6 weeks :shock: but that is because she was releaced to someone else that young and I took her because she wasnt eating and I had experience will tiny puppies. Well the reason she wasnt eating is because her teeth were not all the way in yet!!!
Needless to say I had issues with her, but it was easier for me because I already had two chihuahua's under the age of 1 and my mom had 3 toy-breed dogs all one year or younger and they taught her mannors. She needed it.
Now that she is a year I have a very agressive dog. She is agressive to people and agressive to dogs. She will get over this because I am a dog trainer and I take her with me to work and work with her around other people and other dogs. She is slowly getting better. I am lucky though because I can do all of this professional training for free and have all the time because that is my job. Not too many people can afford the behavior classes needed to fix agression problems, nor do most people have the time to do the training at home.
Her main problem was she was never properly socialized by her mom or littermates. She never got that critical imprinting she needed from her mom and my dogs had to try to fill in, but they cannot replace a mother or littermates.
8-9 weeks is still too early in my oppinion, but 9 weeks is much better then 7 weeks. Can you wait an extra week and take the pup home at 10 weeks? What are the reasons you do not want to wait?
Please keep in mind that none of us are trying to be pushy or mean, but we have had chihuahua's and we know what can happen if you bring one home too early. The reason you came here and asked this question is to find out what we thought right? Well all of us so far agree that 10 weeks should be the earliest a chihuahua should go home. I guess you can do with the information what you wish, but its kindof silly to ask an opinion of chihuahua owners and not take the advise given.
Please take our warnings seriously and wait until 10 weeks. Those extra three weeks with the mother are critical in their development!
PS - The bottom picture is of Ginger when I brought her home at 6wks...waaaay too young to be away from mom but the other person had no idea how to care for her.
The first picture is of Ginger a couple weeks later. During this time she was really mimicing my other two and testing the boundaries with them. This fight started out very cute but she quickly got too agressive and Tequila had to correct her. If I didnt have my other two dogs to do this I would be in more trouble with her then I am now.