It depends what you want. i am assuming you want a pet. I would wait. dogs that leave the litter early tend to have zero bite inhbition. i take my dogs at 6-7 weeks becasue i train dog in protection sports. and i do not want a soft mouthed dog. but many biting problems in pet dogs can be avioded if you leave the dog with mama and siblings.
I personally think a puppy doesn't need to go before eight weeks. I think they need to socialize with mom and litter mates BUT... it depends on the situation some moms seem to wean them very early . I have one dog that came to me at five weeks old because the mom tried killing her. We finished her out (feeding) and she is now two years old. She is a sweetheart but she had alot of attention!!!!!!!!!! I thinkevery situation is different. I wish you the best of luck with yours!
I feel the period between weaning and 8 weeks is crucial to learning social skills with littermates. Not only the social skill aspect but, a puppy cannot be properly vaccinated at 6 weeks old We start them with a parvo vaccine at 6 weeks and do not feel good about them leaving us until at least 8 weeks and many times they are 10 or more. Usually someone pushing them out the door at 6 weeks is someone who is tired of cleaning up after them and is not very committed to doging right by their puppies.
It depends on the breeder yes. The puppy can survive (obviously) but you can't bring it out places because of all the deseises and it not yet being fully vaccinated. 7 weeks is usually pretty good(but you still can't bring them everywhere they still need all vaccinations) because the dog is in it's bonding stage where it's ready to bond with other people outside of the pack(mother and other pups). They are strong enough and active enough at 7 weeks. They are best able to form bonds with thier new family at 7 weeks. But during this week as much as possible avoid stressful & overwhelming situations and make all experiences a positive one.
As said, puppies who stay with their litter longer have better social skills in general and tend to be easier to deal with in areas such as biting and just being pushy jerks.
Leave the puppy till 8 weeks at the minimum.
The puppy will have no problems bonding with you at 8 weeks, 9 weeks, 6 months, or 2 years of age. Don't worry about bonding, worry about the dog knowing how to be a dog and understnading that his actions affect the world around him.
i got my pom at six weeks becouse his little mates did not survive and mom didn't know how to be a mom then she didnt want to feed and so forth she would not hurt the pup ,but ignored him. it has taken me some work to get him to understand he is not king he does not rule everything and he can not nip at the world when they tell him no! and know i really think he would have learned all that by staying with the mom
Depends on the breed and THE LAWS IN YOUR STATE, some states actually have a minimum age law. It is better to leave them with their mother and littermates as long as possible, I really think 6 weeks is too young.