Many "to-be-dog-owners" ask temperament questions and how early can they take the puppy home. We say and believe that puppies should not be separated from their mother before 8 weeks of age.
Puppy Socialization
Here are just a few facts that you may not know: • At birth puppies are deaf, blind, and have almost no sense of smell. They stay near their mother and siblings because of the warmth. • Puppy’s eyes do not open until they are 10 to 15 days old. Their vision is usually not complete until they are about 4 weeks old. • Puppies should remain with their mother until they are at least eight weeks old. During this time, she will teach them not to bite, and how to get along with other dogs. • Dogs are submissive to those they feel have higher pack status. • The most confident puppy in a litter often makes the worst pet because he sees himself as the pack leader. • Dogs that are not around people before they reach the age of three months seldom turn out to be good pets. The last point answers a common misbelief: "Dogs older than 3 months will not be able to adjust to the new family." This is NOT true. You may adopt your new dog at any age as long as it was around people before. In other words a 4 months old dog or even a year old dog will adjust to your family and make a great companion if he was a loved and cared for dog in his past home or since his birth. Early age socialization with humans and other animals (dogs) are equally very important!