How old should puppies be before they leave their mum?

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  1. Themis

    Themis PetForums Senior

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    An acquiantance of mine is selling 5 week old puppies. Is that an ok age? Seems way too young to me but I know nothing about dogs!
     
  2. archielee

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    OMG poor little puppies...... they should not leave mum till 7/8 weeks

    would they be weaned at that age:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:

    What breed are they?
     
  3. Themis

    Themis PetForums Senior

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    Staffies.
    They are apparently weaned and not dependant on mum. He has 7 of them so is probably keen to get rid. Poor babies :(
     
  4. new westie owner

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    Hi 7 to 8 weeks i got Bobby at 10 weeks as he was smallest in litter with his sister :)
     
  5. Tula&Iver~cavs

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    7-8 weeks.

    Mine are nearly 6 weeks and are way to young to go anywhere!!
    They are only just starting to have dried food with out it being soaked in welpi and water!
     
  6. nfp20

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    your 'friend' should be ashamed of themselves... :(
     
  7. archielee

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    Oh no more staffs..... hope they get good homes....... at 5 weeks they are not ready to leave mum or litter mates yet ....more pup/dog with problems in the making..... looks like more ending up in the dogs home:( do you know what he is asking for a pup

    Oh and it not fare on mum taking her puppies away at 5 weeks
     
  8. archielee

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    Yes i agree with you only in for the £ and don't give a dam about the pups or mum
     
  9. Tula&Iver~cavs

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    I maybe wrong but even if they are fully weaned at 5 weeks they still need to be with there litter mates to learn and socialize?? But like i said I maybe wrong!
     
  10. archielee

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    You are not wrong..... poor puppies
     
  11. Themis

    Themis PetForums Senior

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    I've no idea how much he is asking. I've just seen the "Ad" on facebook. I have commented that they seem young to leave their mum. Somehow I have a feeling it won't make them think twice.

    I don't know him well enough to say what I really feel and ask why the hell he let his dog have puppies anyway.
     
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    Tula&Iver~cavs PetForums VIP

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    I just can't imagine my pups going at 5 weeks :mad:

    These bunch of gremlins hasn't fed from mum since they were 8 days old and there is no way they were ready at 5weeks :mad:
     
  13. Maistaff

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    Poor pups :(

    5 weeks is very young and ideally they shouldn't leave until they are 8 weeks of age
     
  14. Bearpaw

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    The pups still have so much to learn before leaving their mom.In those last few weeks she teaches them stuff that us humans cant know,as well as things like bite inibition etc.
    Try and encourage your friend to hang onto them for another 2-3 weeks at least,this will give them more of a chance of being happy healthy pups and less likely to be returned with problems later on (or worse still put in rescue centres and rehomed over and over again)
     
  15. Devil-Dogz

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    No puppy should leave before 8weeks! with some toy breeds, I would keep till 12weeks.
     
  16. Themis

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    I have commeneted that 5 weeks is too young. Unfortunately I don't really know this person so don't hold out much hope that my opinion or advice will be taken onboard.
     
  17. tjk

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    is this quite a comon thing with staffies? ive seen this a fews times round here i wonder if this is half the reason these poor dogs have such a bad press ?
    they are snatched away to young an canot develope normaly
    what do u think?
     
  18. Sled dog hotel

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    No your not wrong you are quite right. Pups learn bite inhibition from their mum and siblings. The puppys play fight one nips the other too hard so the one whos bit yelps. The offender should then let go. The mum assuming shes a mature dog and not much more than a puppy herself will reprimand the puppy whos bitten too hard if he doesnt let go to teach him that way. Leaving at 5 weeks the pups are not going to have this and with a full on gregarious breed life an SBT that is not funny. Its likely going to cause problems for future owners in too ways problems with nipping and biting them and problems interfacing with future socialisation with dogs because they havent learnt just how far too go.
     
  19. Tula&Iver~cavs

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    Thanks.. that's what I thought. I would have said that but im not good with wording things :lol:
     
  20. Sophiekins

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    Excellent post, would not dream of letting pups go before 8 weeks nor would I accept one before 8 weeks.
     
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