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What is the youngest age you should take a puppy away from it’s mother?




I am just curious is 6 weeks too young if so why? How do I go about finding a reputable breeder?

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Answer by Cookie The First One
Puppies need to stay with their littermates to learn bite inhibition (in other words how hard you can bite without harming another puppy) and how to read dog body language so they can grow up well socialized to other dogs.
All of this will take place if the puppy is allowed to stay until 8 to 10 weeks, but if taken at 6 weeks part of the important training will be missing making it more difficult to stop puppy nipping behavior and fear socialization.

Answer by Sophie
you should never take a dog away at 6 weeks, you need to wait at least 8 week for them to be able to be rehomed, mke sure u seperate the pups in a seprate pen so the mother can see them but realise that its time to let them go. xxx

Answer by Forever Mine
8 weeks is usually the minumum, however, I got my dachshound when he was 6-7 weeks because I was best friends with the breeders daughter and he could still see his mother/litter mates pretty much every day

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6 weeks is too young. Puppies learn crucial socialization skills at this stage. Scientific studies have shown that dogs removed from their litter too young have an increased risk of dog aggression, and have also been shown to be more difficult to control. Some of these dogs have also shown increased dominance toward humans and a prevalence toward food aggression. ( Pennsylvania State University; 1991….Ohio State School of Veterinary Medicine; 2001) Puppies released from litters as young as 6 weeks have also been shown to have a higher rate of infectious disease ( parvo, distemper) than those taken out of the litter after 9 weeks. ( Cornell University;1997)

Most reputable breeders that I have worked with will not release pups until they are 9-10 weeks of age. The GSD breeder that I get my dogs from will not release pups until 12 weeks, because along with socialization, she wants all of them to have their full series of vaccines before they are released to new homes.

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Answer #2

If you are prepared to expend the time and effort, you can take a puppy from the mother the instant that it is born.

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Answer #3

40 days is the youngest…

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Answer #4

12 weeks

Answers Answered By: Heidi Hatt [ Grey Star Level]
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When to remove a pup from litter:
It depends, there are general rules, but exceptions where they can be broken.

*Pups learn a LOT about bite inhibition, social interaction, and canine body language from their mom and their litter – most of it is learned between 6-10 weeks old, so the longer they stay, the more of that they learn from litter and mom.

*Pups NEED socialization with diverse people, places, dogs, etc. The crucial socialization period is from about 6-16 weeks (mostly 7-12 weeks) and so the pup needs this exposure during that time (hard but not impossible to do with a whole litter at once).

*Pups need a chance to develop their own personalities apart from mom & litter – they can recover fairly well with increased amounts of work if removed anytime from 16 weeks to a year old, but show the fewest symptoms of “sibling puppy syndrome” when removed from the litter no later than 10 weeks.

*Pups become more robust as they get older, especially small breeds can be prone to dangerously low blood sugar until they are a bit bigger. A good breeder will have the experience and equipment needed to deal with those emergencies while a puppy buyer may not.

So there is no advantage and probably some harm from removing a pup at 6 weeks old. If you know what you are doing, you can get away with as young as 7 weeks or as old as 16 to remove from mom and litter mates. But the average pet owners’ best bet is a 8-10 week old pup from a breeder who has started a good bit of basic socialization and then for the owner to continue with socialization as the pup grows up.

There are a couple other exceptions as well, such as singleton litters and orphaned/abandoned litters, but those aren’t typical cases.

Finding a good breeder:
If you know the breed that you want, start here: http://www.akc.org/clubs/search/index.cfm?action=national&display=on to find the national AKC parent club for the breed. Their site will have helpful information for prospective and first-time owners, and LOTS of other information as well. Most have links to regional breed clubs, reputable breeders, and rescue groups as well. If nothing else, they almost all will provide you with a “how to identify a good breeder” sheet and/or a list of recommended health tests for the breed. In addition to health tests, I like to work with breeders who produce dogs of the right size/shape/coat/color and who are trainable with applicable working instincts. The former can be displayed by “Ch” titles, the later by obedience, agility, and rally titles and, depending on the breed, field, hunt test, herding, protection sports, earthdog, lure coursing, etc titles or tests.

Good luck!

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