Hi...I am a newbee...here...but I am so excited because I have been doing my research for my purchase of a cocker spaniel...that is only after I got ripped off of 850.00...so now I have seen alot of post where people are selling their pups after 18 weeks...and so on and so forth...what age do would you consider not purchasing...thsi is very important for me...because...I want to see my pup grow...take pictures and all that other good stuff...I was wondering if a pup was purchased at 18 weeks would it be hard to train him the way you want?...I need everyone's honest opinions...before I make a purchase thanks..
It all depends on the breeder. If the pup has spent the last 12 weeks in a cage, by itself, without human interaction, it's going to be a BEAR to train. On the other hand, if the pup has been interacting with other dogs and people, and the breeder has been working with the pup, you could have a significant head start on training.
I have no issue if the breeder still had one unsold at 18 weeks.. But there are endless skeazy cocker breeders, and not that many great ones. Even some of what I considered to be top show kennels were not CERFing their dogs, and were passing on nasty eye conditions.
And I wouldn't be shopping for a pup for this moment. Few great breeders will just happen to still have one, though it does happen sometimes.
I couldn't find a good enough breeder anywhere even semi close, so in three weeks my cocker pup is flying from north carolina to ontario.
I'd be above average super careful on the breeder you pick a cocker pup from. Breed has been totally ruined by backyard breeders, and they often produce funny tempered dogs making it paramount you pick a great breeder.
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so now I have seen alot of post where people are selling their pups after 18 weeks.
Where have you seen these posts?
4 1/2 month old puppy isn't really that old and would still be very trainable. But like said, be very careful on the breeder you get your puppy from. There are tons of very poorly bred cocker spaniels that can lead to very costly vet and behavior issues.
Good luck with your new pup when you find the right breeder!