Growing up, my family always went to the local shelter for a new pet. We did not go wrong once, our pets lived full lives and meant so much to us. they are not completely free from there, but are affordable, for sure. You can save a life and get a llifelong friend at the same time. You provide them with love and care, and they provide you with love and care right back. It's a no-lose situation. Breed is irrelevant as far as companionship goes. Go check out your local shelter; someone's waiting for you!
At 2 weeks, they are still nursing. No good breeder would let one go that early. But there are still numerous pups, still ready to accept you as "mom" or "dad" at the shelters. For the best of the pup, waiting till they are weaned is advisable. it will not decrease their love for you.
***Edited By: shinyblackpit on 11/28/2004 2:19:31 AM*** Reason: dieysk
Take it from me, they are still mega-cute at 8 weeks or so when they have been weaned. I have a 1 1/2 year old Pit Bull. Cute is wonderful, and a time to cherish! The bonding and training you do when they are young is not to be forgotten. But you can get one at 8 weeks or so, weaned from the teat, love it , bond with it, and have a friend for life. If you find yourself an 8 week old pup, and do not think it is incredibly cute, well, I want to know about it, and I want a picture too.
***Edited By: shinyblackpit on 11/28/2004 2:28:53 AM*** Reason: jhldgws
yeah, they may be cute when they're 2 weeks old....but they're way to young to leave their mother. who cares if their cutter then, it's in the animals best health to stay with the mother until it is weened. why not just get a puppy at 7 or 8 weeks like every other person. there is no need to get a puppy at 2 weeks of age.
Okay, I know what is going on but come on...... at two weeks they can barely stand, barely see, and they need their mother at this time more then ever. this is when the growing starts, socialization starts etc...
When we picked up Aisha at 6 weeks I was a little scared to take her home. But she is also a Gernam Shepherd so she was already 10 pounds and eating puppy food, had her shots and dewormed a couple of times.
I felt it was still early because between 6-8 is when they learn how to play and socialize with their littler mates and establish their alpha in the pack. So we had to be mom and littermates to her.
She is now 6 months old and had adjusted well now but for the first few weeks i was ripping my hair out with the biting. She actually thought her name was "NO"!
Going to a shelter is a good idea, but if your stuck on a particular breed and want a pup then please wait until they are ready to leave their mom.
Besides, no breeder in their right mind would let it go before 6 weeks anyway.
Fire, in two weeks, that pup in your care could die any day. Not JUST you, but most people. At that time their mom's still need them and they just opened their eyes. You don't want a 14 day old puppy. THink of what is best for the dog.
jeanief- those types of posts that you just made usually start the 5 page fights on this board. why cant you just be a little bit nicer about what you said? or explain to fire why you disagree, like other posters did. No one will learn anything from "How Dumb!"
Fire, you should look up on the internet when most puppies are able to be taken from there mothers. But if you do go to the shelter, they can help you just the same.
At two weeks you would have to bottle feed it evry few hours. The barely open their eyes at 10 days. Pups need to lear to interact with other pups and their mother teaches them alot in the weeks prior to being sent to another home. Toy breeds should stay with their mother for at least 10 weeks.
trevor, I am usually here to help but when I see a post such as this one I see a troll! In my opinion 99.9% child or adult knows that one does not buy a 2 weeks old pup nor would you ever see one for sale. Mabey the right question would be I would like a pup how old should they be before I buy or when are they able to leave their mom? NOT, I want a 2 week old pup! I don't think this post is real and if it is I'm sorry for being mean but it put me over the edge!
I think a question such as this sends a spark like a live wire to those of us that have had two week old puppies, and do everything possible to take care of them and the mom, until they can fend for themselves. Then of course that is the reason for the question. If this thread goes to 6 pages by responsible breeders pointing out what care a two old puppy deserves and requires, then so be.