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dualed
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Member since Sep 2010
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6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
I posted in here a few days ago about a Catahoula but have since been in contact with a breeder about a yellow lab. He's wanting to get rid of the pups at 6 weeks. I got my other lab at 8 weeks and didn't think much of the 2 week difference until I mentioned it to a friend of mine.

Apparently those 2 weeks are critical to socialization and bite inhibition. Am I making a mistake in taking a pup at 6 weeks of age? Has anyone done this before? Should I hold off?


cdogwinn
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Member since Mar 2016
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re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
I picked up my male black lab puppy at 6 weeks because he and his sibling were fighting all the time. He's 5 months old now and I haven't noticed any negative side effects.


dualed
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Member since Sep 2010
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re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
Good to know. I'm going to consult my veterinarian tomorrow on it. I'm going through a guy who's breeding his first litter, but he said that he used to breed with his father all the time while growing up. So he's not inexperienced so to speak.

I just don't wanna shell out less money going this route and get a damaged puppy when I could pay a little more and get one from a reputable kennel that I know puts out a quality pup.


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rustyjohnson
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re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
I picked my yellow up at 6 weeks and he's been great. He's always been very social but it did take a little time to get him to stop playfully biting. Not sure if it was from taking him or him just being a puppy. If I had to do it again, I'd still take him at 6 weeks.


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WAR TIGER
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re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
49 days is the magic number

Reference: yWolters. Water dog.


DownSouthDave
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Walker
Member since Jan 2013
6059 posts

re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
Got mine at 6 weeks, I dont feel she was robbed of a childhood.


dualed
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Member since Sep 2010
3460 posts

re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
Appreciate it fellas, maybe I'm just overreacting.


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Mandeville
Member since Sep 2013
1963 posts

re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
Got mine art 46 days. Great pup.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
6 weeks is pretty much the standard "come get your puppy" age.

I got my coon dog at 5 weeks (don't remember why) and that was too young. 7 weeks is probably ideal but last time I had a litter of pups running around I told everyone to come get them at 6.
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Manchac Man
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re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
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49 days is the magic number


This.


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ZacAttack
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re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
I think anywhere between 6 and 8 weeks and you're fine.


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SportTiger1
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Member since Feb 2007
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re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
I've always been told 6 weeks is fine to get a pup. Got my beagle a few days short of 5 weeks...and she is fine. Well, she's crazy as hell, but healthy.


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ChatRabbit77
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re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
Got my GSD at 8 weeks.


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Tigahs2007
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Member since Dec 2013
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re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
I'm curious what you are saying about bite inhibition? We've had our puppy exactly a week (picked up at 6 weeks) and I notice he's extremely mouthy with the other dogs. Are you saying staying at home an extra week would help in this?


MrJudgeSmails
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Member since Jul 2011
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re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
Year and three months in with my fox red, 6 week pickup hasn't been an issue in the least.


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dualed
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Member since Sep 2010
3460 posts

re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
I'm glad the resounding opinion here is that it's OK. I just googled info on it and read that the extra time the pup spends with its mom and playing with it's sibs allows it to learn how to be more playful. Also found out that it's illegal to sell pups less than 8 weeks old in 25 states. So that's interesting as well. But I'll take yalls word for it. I'm pretty attached to the dog and I don't even have her yet


leveedogs
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re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
Got my great dane at six weeks. Mentally and physically she developed great and is very social. But she does have a weird habit of putting a wad of blanket between front paws and sucking. She might do it once every other night and even at 9 years old she hasn't grown out of it. I'm sure it's because we took her home before she was fully weaned. I probably won't do 6 weeks old again to make sure that the psychological weaning process is over. Maybe ask for a compromise of 7 weeks??


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lsewwww
Member since Feb 2009
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re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
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Apparently those 2 weeks are critical to socialization and bite inhibition


Ding ding ding!

There's a reason its illegal in some states before 8 weeks. If you go ahead with it anyway, socialize the &*#@ out of it. Puppy classes, the works. Of course that means a strict vaccine and worming protocol since you live in Parvo/distemper central....


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Canard Noir
Houston
Member since Apr 2014
1394 posts

re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
I just bought a Boykin from a Vet who isn't a breeder but did want a litter. He flat out would not let me take the pup at 6 weeks and suggested 8 was best. If the situation warranted it, he'd have let a pup go at a full 7 weeks but nothing less. Take it for what it's worth because I can't offer any reason why he felt so strongly, he just did...


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Rando
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Member since Apr 2015
8546 posts

re: 6 weeks too young to get a puppy?
Got my kangal at 4 weeks. Guy lied about his age. And because he was 10lbs, I believed him.

Took those two weeks to teach him not to nip.

They will bond to you much stronger when you get them younger. But you have to socialize them with people and other dogs constantly.


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