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Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: New England
Dogs Name: Creed, RIP Skoll, RIP Tiki
Titles: SD, CGCA, WAC, ATT
Dogs Age: 04/12/2014
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8 weeks is the minimum I'd like to see a puppy go home, but more and more I'm an advocate of 10-12 weeks for all breeds. There's several lessons that the puppies continue to learn from mom and siblings during that time, and you avoid sending a puppy home in the middle of their first rough fear period if you allow them to go through it in the same place they were raised. It does, however, put stress on the one raising the litter to continue socialization of however many puppies they've got (can you imagine the nightmare with 15 puppies staying with you until 12 weeks???) and this is why a lot of people prefer to have them go home sooner than that.
My boy came home at 13 weeks and was already housebroken, crate trained, and wasn't doing any puppy biting. Absolutely the easiest puppy I've ever had. At this point I prefer getting them a little older, having seen the benefits of waiting with my own eyes over and over again through the years. That is IF the breeder is committed to raising them with due diligence, which imo all good breeders should be.
I would not, however, say that a breeder allowing puppies to go home at 8 weeks is a bad breeder. Just that I personally prefer the result of puppies kept a little longer.
As for Katie, she had a bit of an interesting start and there's plenty of paper trail for that both on this forum and on her own FB page. She seems to have cleaned up quite a bit and is now health testing and titling her dogs rather than purchasing already-titled dogs to mass produce. I know more than a few people who never got their registration paperwork from her when she was doing the type of breeding she was doing before. I've also met a few of her more recently produced dogs and customers and they seem very happy with her as a breeder. That may be why there are dogs from her in the hands of those not doing their dogs any favors, and also dogs from her starting to mature and compete that seem vastly different.