We are currently making links with breeders such that we can hopefully get a golden retriever (very exciting times ahead). We have found a really lovely breeder and the parents have brilliant pedigree and health. The puppies are due at the end of August and therefore will be 8 weeks at the end of Oct. We're due to go on holiday the first week in November and so the Puppy would be 9.5 weeks when we collect her. We've done lots of puppy book reading and everything says never collect a puppy that is older than 8 weeks unless you know it's been very well socialised. Obviously the breeder can't guarantee it will have had lots of attention as it's possible there may be the odd other puppy left. We really want to hit the ground running with training and know that from 8-12 weeks there is a precious window in which you can socialise your puppy. Would collecting a puppy at 10 weeks be a big no no? Should it make much of a difference to our puppies development and should we find a better timed litter? Really does seem a shame to lose the links we have with this seemingly good breeder.