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Old 12-16-2015, 02:41 PM   #1
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Buying a dog with a very good pedigree from Mizzu and I have the pick of the litter. The problem being the pups were born on Nov 15 most of the others buying there pups want them in time for Xmas. So my dilemma is I would want to be in person to take my pick but the pups will only be 5 and a half weeks old that seems very young to take a dog from his mother. What do you guys think big deal or no? I will make the trip twice if I need to but its about a 6 hour drive one way. Any advice or previous experience is appreciated!!! It comes down to is 5.5 weeks to young to take a pup home?
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The other buyers are putting you in a bad spot....so is the breeder for letting them go early. If you are spending the money and putting the forth the effort to develop a fine hunting partner for the next 10+ years, I would recommend not taking the pup from it's mother and litter mates until at least 7 weeks old. I am no puppy development expert but have raised a couple of litters and purchased a number of well bred pups myself. None of them left before they were 7 weeks old. It sounds like a lot of drive time but I like to put all the odds I can in my favor....which is the reason for purchasing a well bred pup.

Are any of the other pups going to remain with the mother if you leave yours?
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If it is an experienced breeder, like you say -- I would make sure the breeder knows what you want out of the dog and let them pick your puppy. I would rather take the last pick than take a puppy too early.
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There is social learning that puppies get with their litter mates from 5 1/2 weeks to 7 weeks. That said as long as the pups are weaned off of mom and eating all on their own a health concern is out. What pick number are you? I like PB's thought and can add that we have had litters and some buyers have picked their pups via facetime and / or skype. That way the buyers weren't having to wait on the picks ahead of them to set up a time to come and get their pup.
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I have First pick of Male there are 3 males and 3 females. Also not sure what pups are staying and going on the 24th I know for sure 2 males will be taken the 24th
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First pick!!! I would Drive down there and pick it out before the other pups go. Are the pups micro chipped? If so get the number if not mark the paw nails with a nail polish and do what PB says and pick him up at 7 weeks.
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They should not go home any earlier then 7 weeks. Around 4 weeks-5 weeks old is when they are usually fully weaned and still probably eating puppy mush at 5 1/2. At 5-7 weeks is when they really start develop socially and they need a good balance of interaction with mom, litter mates, and humans. This is also when mom intervenes and puts the foot down when things are getting to rough, especially biting. I would highly advise against picking one up before 7 weeks,
and be questionable of a breeder who is willing to let them go home that early. Almost sounds like they don't want to deal with puppies over the holiday. A litter of pups at that age is almost a full time job.
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They should not go home any earlier then 7 weeks. Around 4 weeks-5 weeks old is when they are usually fully weaned and still probably eating puppy mush at 5 1/2. At 5-7 weeks is when they really start develop socially and they need a good balance of interaction with mom, litter mates, and humans. This is also when mom intervenes and puts the foot down when things are getting to rough, especially biting. I would highly advise against picking one up before 7 weeks,
and be questionable of a breeder who is willing to let them go home that early. Almost sounds like they don't want to deal with puppies over the holiday. A litter of pups at that age is almost a full time job.

totally agree. I would make the trip down there, but at 5-5 1/2 weeks, it's pretty hard to pick out a pup at that age...in any event, get your pup at 7 weeks
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You're in a tough spot, no doubt. Make the drive and pick your puppy and then then get him after the New Year. It will benefit you and your future hunting buddy. It's a long term commitment, start it out right.
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Thanks for the advice guys I guess I will be taking a trip down there on Sunday to make the pick and pick him up in a couple more weeks thanks for all the help guys!
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I would NOT take the pup until day 49, sorry but that has worked for many a fine dogs over a lot of years. Sorry but as some already said not a good deal for anyone.
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I would find another breeder. 5.5 weeks to go home is too early IMO. A lot happens in that extra week and a half. A breeder willing to let them go at that age would be a big red flag for me.

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They should not go home any earlier then 7 weeks. Around 4 weeks-5 weeks old is when they are usually fully weaned and still probably eating puppy mush at 5 1/2. At 5-7 weeks is when they really start develop socially and they need a good balance of interaction with mom, litter mates, and humans. This is also when mom intervenes and puts the foot down when things are getting to rough, especially biting. I would highly advise against picking one up before 7 weeks,
and be questionable of a breeder who is willing to let them go home that early. Almost sounds like they don't want to deal with puppies over the holiday. A litter of pups at that age is almost a full time job.
mharrington know his stuff. He has had litters of puppies that are amazing dogs. I would seriously reconsider that breeder. I wouldn't take a pup until 8 weeks or even longer. A well mannered and trained mother can help mold and stop bad habits from forming and that means less issues in training. Some studies show dogs should stay as long as 12 weeks.
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