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Hi everyone, We are going to look at a litter of puppies tomorrow. They are three weeks old and we are looking forward to it. Can anyone offer advice as to what we should look for (of course we have read lots of books, but personal experiences cant be beaten!) Thanks in advance
 

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hiya, no i dont. i only really have experience with bullies but generally- check the surroundings are clean, the pups should still be quite lively at that age too so check that. also the quietest one is not always the one to avoid, i had a really quiet one and now shes the boss only 2 weeks later! sorry i couldnt have been more of a help, hope you manage to buy a lovely puppy! :)
 

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Just seeing mum is fine ask questions about dad Cavies can have problems with hearts and i think eyes make sure both mum and da have been tested and if you can see proof. again just make sure the place is clean and puppies look happy and also clean are they KC reg?
 

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Mum is very important, although I know Cavs are not the bravest dog, make sure she is happy to come and see you, and not worried or backing off. I would look to see if the environment is stimulating, different colours and shapes around, toys although the pups are too young to play, its an important part in early habituation. Look at the condition of mum as well, if she is skinny the pups may not be getting enough milk. And whatever you do don't buy a pup because you feel sorry for it you will be getting a whole load of trouble. I agree with the other post cavs do have heart problems, don't know if they do health checks for that, but do find out before going.
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Hi, All the above advice is good, but in my opinion 3 weeks is too young to choose a puppy, they are probably only just up on their feet. I would advise going back at about 6 weeks when the puppies characters will be more apparent. Good luck.
 

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For any breed health, including temprement, cleanliness, stimulation and human contact is most important when looking for a pet of any standard.
Basically finding a breeder who you trust is key! Someone you can go back to for advice for your pups whole life on any matter you may worry or need to know about!
Each breed has pitfalls and traits. Before buying any breed you should be aware of what they are. As such any health checks necessary should be done and certified for.
Pups of any age can and will play, chew and interact with anything available to them. Toys, chews, people other animals, normal household noises, hustle and bustle and love and attention all help with socialization. :D
All puppies should be bright eyed and allert. The one who comes over may be very dominant so also listen to the advice given by the breeder. A breeder should know each puppy, their personality and have an idea of which should suit you! A quiet puppy with the correct temprement is fine, a shy puppy is not, there is a big difference.
Find out when they are fed, dont go after a meal - they will be ready for the loo and then go to sleep! Before a feed they will be active and show you a better idea what to expect :)
Ask as many questions as you can, before you go write some down! In all the excitement you will forget to ask when your there :)
Be prepared to be asked Loads of questions ! About the breed and about your work and home situation too. Dont be offended - the breeder will want to know their babies are going to a safe forever home, not just anyone.
Try and have an idea of what you are looking for and reasons behind why. If a breeder is trying you to pursuade you to get a certain colour bitch and you want a different colour dog ask why! Is it because they need to get rid of that one, or is it because that breeders experience thinks you would be better suited to a bitch ? - thats where trust comes in too.
Do you intend to breed/show now is the time to say - if you want a show dog and havn't said so later on will be too late to find out your dog doesnt match the standard ;-)
Be prepared to walk away without choosing a puppy!
There are hundreds of pups, lots of breeders you are Not committed because you have visited! On the same note dont say you want a pup if you dont, they may have waiting lists or others looking for pups too. If you are serious you can reserve a pup, they may ask for a deposit, this may also be non-refunadable.

You have to live with your new family member for a long time so don't rush :)
I always ask people see pups and mum at least twice. Getting an impression of someone for half an hour, and of a dog can often be very miss leading, twice you can ask other questions receive information packs and drop off some bedding for pup and mum to sleep on the night before pup comes home to help settle in too ! You also see mum when the pups are a bit older and how she interacts with them then. Remember whatever mum is doing she is teaching the pups! If shes naughty and snappy she will teach the pups to do the same. If she is a good mum, cleans them well and tells them off for miss behaving the lessons will last :)
We give a puppy pack to new owners with info about the breed and the pups, what they are fed, a typical day, breed traits etc we found it best to give first so any fears, questions, misconceptions can be sorted out before pup comes home! If you choose a pup ask for some information - or where you can get it from.
Anyway enough from me! hope i covered everything !!!
Enjoy the pups
Jules xxx
 

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at three weeks the puppies should have their eyes open and will be moving around. you wont be able to see the pesonalities at this stage.
it is better if the pups are being brought up in the home not in kennels as they dont get the socialisation in kennels which can make them more timed. mum should be friendly and shouldnt mind pups being handled if she is aggressive pups may not have been handled very much. hopefully breeder should be able to show you a picture and pedigree of stud dog.
hope this helps. i breed cocker spaniels but i do have a cavalier who is now 8. he is a lovely dog very laid back.
 

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In my experience a breeder who spends time with their puppies will have a good idea of their mischievous little ways and personalities! :rolleyes: The boisterous pup, the laid back ones and the ones who are Always first to the milk no matter what! :p
If you cant tell the personality of a pup then they are too young to be being chosen as pets.
Jules xx
 

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forgot to say if possible go back and see puppy as much as you can the breeder shouldnt mind. lots of my new owners visit the puppies every week. its lovely to see the change in the puppy and the puppies get a lot of socialisartion with frequent visits. i also encourage people to bring the family with them so the pups are then socialised with children.
 

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Hi everyone, Thankyou all so much for all your helpful advice. The reason why we are going to see the pups at three weeks is because there are other people interested. I was a bit worried it was too young but dont want to miss out. Will let you all know how it goes tomorrow, Many thanks
 

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Hi

I would highly recommend you read a copy of "Before you get your puppy" which is a book written by one of the world leading authorities on dog training and behaviour Dr Ian Dunbar.

You can get hold a free copy of the book by going on my website and on the “puppy power” page scroll down to the bottom, when you see a picture of a book that says “before you get your puppy” click on it and it will take you to Dr Dunbar’s site where you have the option of downloading it with or without pictures (I suggest the one with pictures as they are useful and makes it more fun).

www.domesticatedmanners.com

Also have a look at dogstardaily.com for loads of free training info and videos. (Great new site where every thing is free.)

I think that the info in that book will really help you select the best puppy for you from the most appropriate breeder.

Hope you find your perfect pup!

Chirag
Chirag Patel DipCABT
Certificate in Dog Psychology
SF/SPCA Certs. Training & Behaviour and Dog Aggression
Member of the APDT #00923

Email: [email protected]
Website: www.domesticatedmanners.com
(DipCABT = Advanced Diploma in Practical Aspects of Companion Animal Behaviour & Training)
 
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