Pups are still feeding on mom, only 2 or 3 times a day and they are 7 weeks old . I thought that last litter they were done by this time but maybe my memory is failing LOL I was planning on giving them to their owners next week but if they are still feeding should I go ahead anyways? Thanks for your help!
They should not still be nursing on mom. I am surprised actually that mom is still allowing them too. If she won't discourage them I think I would. If they are eating puppy food now then there is no need to be nursing anymore.
I suppose. I mean traditionally puppies are considered old enough to leave the nest at 8 weeks of age. Some breeders of small breeds prefer to hang on to them until they are 10-12 weeks of age. I am not clear on why that is. I think it's a relatively new thing breeder's are doing but I can't think of any reason why it would be "unsafe" to allow them to leave at 8 weeks old. As long as they are eating puppy food and have their 1st vaccination against distemper/parvo, they should be good to go.
When I got Scout almost 8 yrs ago I too was informed about the 7 week old idea. However, in many if not all states, it is illegal to sell a pup before they are 8 wks old. Personally, whether it's illegal or not, I think it's a bad idea for them to go earlier than 8 wks regardless of the breeder's theory. I also am not in favor of the 12 week old theory either unless it is a breed that is known for pups who suffer from hypoglycemia.
My neighbors got their new puppy when he was 12 wks old and I haven't noticed him much different in attitude or adjustment to a new home than an 8 week ols pup. So I still stick by the traditional age of 8 wks.
Good luck with sending them off next week. Bet it will be hard to say goodbye =]
I have gotten pups from 7wks-12/16wks. They have all been great. the only problem one I had was a 5month old.
As far as when to let your pups go, at 8wks is fine AS LONG AS they are eating solid food and drinking on their own. I have a mother who would nurse her pups till doomsday if you let her. I usually pull pups around 5-6wks old and then just let the litter spend time together in my kitchen, until 8-9wks old when they go to their new homes.
pups will naturally start eating with mom at four weeks old. by six weeks that is their main food source and their teeth begin to really hurt mom and that is why she will begin to growl and walk away when they nurse. even if she doesn't then mom should be separated from them at six weeks. that way you have two weeks to make sure they are eating well without the support of mom's milk. the reason toy breeds are held till 12 weeks is because they have tiny livers and it is harder for them to regulate their blood sugar levels. since many owners work and cannot be home with the new toy breed pup, death from hypoglycemia is a real risk. it is nothing to do with bad breeding. by allowing them to stay with the breeder till 12 weeks it gives time for the liver to grow large enough to regulate the blood sugar. most good breeders of toy dogs are stay at home breeders and are available to check on the pups every two hours when first weaned to ensure proper health and nutrition. you should take your mom away now and they can go to their new homes next week as planned. hope this helps.
Although, I do have to disagree with the last posters comment that 'most good breeders of toy breeds are stay home breeders'
Really? That would require someone to be unemployed and breeding to the extent of making a living off of their puppies. Far from good breeder in my book. I prefer a selective breeder who breeds when it is appropriate and for a reason...not to pay their bills.
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