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is a shy pup more likely to bark and carry on at people it doesnt know than a friendly pup?
a pup that im looking at take a few minutes to relax when someone it doesnt know picks it up.
 

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To me its more dependant on the age of the puppy because if it's very young they are likely to be shy when picked up. Imagine how small they are a huge hand comes down and scoop you up you would be a little scared too. :D

The pup might not be that shy did the puppy run around happily before picked up???

Also a shy or friendly pup as long as it socialise and corrected in the right way it should not bark and carry on at people.

But dont take just my advise there are more people on here with lots more experience.
 

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Has the breeder not socialised the pup? If not, I'd steer clear. You'll just end up making more work for yourself. All pups must be socialised once you get them home, even if the breeder already has started to do this, but the breeder should give the pup the best start by introducing it to different noises, smells, textures, surfaces and people from around 5 weeks onwards.
 

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The short answer is yes. My shy Chi does bark at strangers (human and canine) whereas my confident one just runs up and greets them. The shy one is also more prone to bark at noises and takes a long time to settle afterwards.

She was well socialized by the breeder (same breeder as my confident one) and I did puppy school with her and take her to the dog park almost every day - its just her personality. I have put in a lot of work with her and she has improved but I'm comming to the realization that she's just never going to be outgoing like her brother and that's ok by me. If it's important to you to have a dog that is happy to be picked up and passed around by lots of people then I would pass on this puppy.
 

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Well I can say my Zoe barks as soon as someone walks up to the door. I let them in and she is in their lap in 2 seconds lol. Holly was not shy as a puppy but she tends to be shy now that she is 6 months at new people she acts like she wants to come up to them then stops and lays and just wags her tail no barking though. If theyy reach for her she runs to her bed lol.
 

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My dog is a shy--not feaful or agressive but shy. From a breeder who is outstanding with training and socialization. When I first saw him in the house full of happy and friendly dogs--he was the one holding back. It is just his way. He was NOT my pick ;). However he tolerates any little child who comes up and pokes at him without ever becoming agressive. That I guess is more important than if he likes strangers...I have worked with him to make sure shyness doesn't become fear. How are the other pups in the litter ??
 
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