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I shouldn't think actual bonding would be that much of a problem, provided the 7 month old has been raised in such a way that she is mentally healthy. In other words, was she exposed to enough new things as a young puppy that she is reasonably self-confident? Does she pretty much have the basic house rules learned? She is getting ready to start (or may already be entering) another socialization/fear window soon, so you want her to be going into that with self-confidence and to already be fairly balanced about how she manages the world, strange things and people. Things like timidity or fear barking (which can look like aggression to a lot of people)--unease and discomfort she may have when she is taken out of her typical surroundings and put somewhere new--can be worked with, but if they seem to dominate her personality and behavior, that might mean she'll have a harder time settling into a new place.
On the other hand, with a 7 month old, you're not likely to have much housebreaking to do (probably just a refresher course to learn the rules of a new place), puppy biting and teething should be in the past (though she's getting ready to enter a secondary heavy chewing phase), and she should be more regular in her sleep and eating schedules--she'll be able to go a lot longer between potty trips, for example. The heavy duty sleep loss and schedule disruption that you face when you bring home a young puppy probably won't be a big concern with an older pup.
There are advantages and disadvantages with either. I know you stressed that bonding was what you wanted to discuss, but there is so much else that I would want to look at first, that I would be more concerned about, than whether or not the dog would bond with me, when it comes to deciding which dog I might take.
Last edited by melbrod; 02-11-2020 at 01:25 AM.