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what's the best age to pick?

Discussion in 'Dog Breeding' started by emma_esplanade, Apr 19, 2011.


  1. emma_esplanade

    emma_esplanade PetForums Junior

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    the lady i am getting my dog from has said i can have the first pick, what would be the best age to do this. i don't want it to be too early but don't want to leave it too long and someone else come along in the meantime and choose the one i would!! what age can you tell the colourings too. thanks
     
  2. CheekoAndCo

    CheekoAndCo PetForums VIP

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    As late as you can leave it is probaly best because lots of things can change in a few days. For showing then really the later the better but sadly things don't work out like that!

    You will probaly visit the pups and just fall in love with one because common sense goes out your head when you see them :p
     
  3. Devil-Dogz

    Devil-Dogz PetForums VIP

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    I always say around 6 weeks ideally. what breed are they?
     
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    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    Information I have states attraction 5 to 7 weeks, Puppies notice other things and begin to form attractions to people.
    It also states Human Socialisation 7 to 12 weeks, At this age a puppy has the brain waves of an adult and the intellectual capacity to process his experiences. It also suggests doing the Puppy aptitude test at this time to match puppies to buyers.
    The Breeder should be handling the pups well before this time though and giving them introductions in general.
    This is actually from a breed specific book, and it is approximates after all,
    but it should give you a basic guide in general I would have thought.
     
  5. Pointermum

    Pointermum PetForums VIP

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    I would say not before 6 weeks.
     
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    xxwelshcrazyxx PetForums VIP

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    I would say around 5 - 6 weeks, they change so much though and so quickly, my two were like twins but so different in looks and temperaments now.
     
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    what breed we talking here? 5 weeks is not an ideal age for my breed for viewing.if its for showing i'd want to see them from 6 weeks on.
     
  8. Callia

    Callia PetForums Member

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    I think it does depend on the breed and if you are looking for a pet or for showing but I find 6 weeks is usually a good time ;) and as late as possible if you are looking for a pup with show potential.
     
  9. emma_esplanade

    emma_esplanade PetForums Junior

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    thans for your replies. no, not for showing. it's a cross breed which will be a family pet but wanted to make sure that i picked at an potimum age for temperement etc.
     
  10. babycham2002

    babycham2002 PetForums VIP

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    Over 6 weeks I would say :001_smile:


    Bear in mind some breeds change colours right up to about two years old, but by that time you'll be completely in love and wont care!!
     
  11. casandra

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    With some breeds, 7-8 weeks is the optimum time to choose for conformation. This age gives the clearest picture of what the pup will look like as an adult. :)

    For a cross breed, just make sure you choose a healthy, confident and outgoing pup that isn't constantly on the move (unless that's what you want!!). Look for a puppy that is inquisitive and curious, one that approaches people and strange objects with confidence :) Alert and attentive, but not aggressive.
     
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