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The Best Dog Breed for Families and Children

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The answers to those questions can help you determine if this person is a responsible breeder or just someone selling puppies.

The socialization is especially important. A puppy that’s not socialized correctly during the first eight weeks of life won’t be as outgoing and friendly as a puppy that is.

You want your puppy exposed to all kinds of situations so he’ll be comfortable with those things later in life. If a breeder knows a puppy is going to a home with children, they’ll be sure that puppy is exposed to children almost from the start. Then by the time you get the puppy, it’s comfortable being handled by children.

Puppies need to be exposed to lots of different sights, sounds, people, and places on a daily basis from the time it’s a very young pup through about 9 months old. You can’t just tuck your puppy away in your house, not let it meet other people or dogs, and expect it to do well in these situations later in life.

Another good thing about getting a puppy from a responsible breeder is that you have a fountain of information and knowledge to help you along the way. It’s nice to be able to call someone five weeks or five months later and say "I’m having this training problem. What can I do?"

 

Q: What’s the ideal age to bring a puppy home?

A: You should not be sold a puppy younger than 8 weeks old. It’s just not in the best interest of the puppy.

Some breeders want to keep their puppies up to 12 weeks. But really anywhere between 8 weeks and 4 months is fine.

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Reviewed on April 29, 2012
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