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Old 10-14-2012, 02:12 PM
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My family and I are really looking into getting a puppy. The person we might get a puppy from has Parson Russell/Jack Russell puppies. She says they are ready now when they are only 5 weeks! My family really doesn't know much about dogs and I've always heard/read that the best time to take a puppy in 8 weeks. Would it be horrible to take a 5 week old puppy home? If you do it are there any behavioural problems etc. that can develop from it?

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How much do you know about that breed?

They are crazy high energy and are usually not recommend as a pet/companion dog and definitely not the type of dog for a first time owner. Also they need a lot of exercise, we are talking 5 to 6 miles of rigorous running. They are usually barn dogs that run along side horses. I am telling you this because my bfs mom made this same mistake because they look so cute, the dog is 9 years old and shakes because it has so much energy. When jacks don't get enough exercise they can become destructive or even aggressive. Honestly, they are great dogs for the right owners.


Also, 5 weeks is WAY to young. You will have issues with socialization and doggy manors because they are missing out on that crucial play time. In order for you to make up that type of socialization you would have to have many doggie play dates a week with a pups around the same age.

Also, a breeder that is willing to let them go that early clearly is not reputable and is just looking to get a few quick bucks. They probably don't know how genetically healthy the parents are and shouldn't be getting your money.
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Do not use this breeder, and make sure you are buying from a reputable breeder. You can research them and share their home page on the forum for others to help you determine if they are reputable or not
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Hello!

My family and I are really looking into getting a puppy. The person we might get a puppy from has Parson Russell/Jack Russell puppies. She says they are ready now when they are only 5 weeks! My family really doesn't know much about dogs and I've always heard/read that the best time to take a puppy in 8 weeks. Would it be horrible to take a 5 week old puppy home? If you do it are there any behavioural problems etc. that can develop from it?

Thanks Ahead,

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A puppy does learn social skills from mom and mates. Getting one that young will not have learned these social skills.
Is it possible to raise one that young? Yes
Is it a major traumatic change for the puppy? Yes
Will it cry like mad being in a kennel alone? Yes
Staying with mates, they can also become more independent and learn to fend for themself.

Like the others stated. A reputable breeder would never let a puppy go that young. Not only due to lack of social skills but also possible health issues..ie hypoglycemia
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not sure about england but several (or more) states have laws against selling puppies too young. not that the laws are very effective or sometimes even very specific. just sayin'.
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Stay away from this breeder. Puppies should leave their mother bare minimum of 8 weeks, preferable 10-12.
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I agree with all these posts, 5 weeks is not even properly weaned yet, they haven't gone through socialisation stages that are vital; especially as JRTs are feisty and need a firm trainer. I would walk away! This breeder clearly just wants to get rid of them as at five weeks they become very expensive to feed and keep clean. Eight weeks minimum!
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I agree that 5 weeks is way too young to take a puppy away from her mother and siblings. I also agree that that type of dog will need plenty of exercise. But, if no one takes these dogs they will either be cast out on their own or put in a shelter where they may or may not get adopted. Or even used for breeding (what a horrible life!) If you can convince them to keep the puppies at least 4 more weeks that would be better and if you do take the puppy get it a health check right away. Even puppies from bad breeders need a forever home where they can be loved and cherished. If you decide not to take the puppy ask what happens to them next. Maybe someone you know would like one. I hope everything works out for you and the puppies.
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I agree that 5 weeks is way too young to take a puppy away from her mother and siblings. I also agree that that type of dog will need plenty of exercise. But, if no one takes these dogs they will either be cast out on their own or put in a shelter where they may or may not get adopted. Or even used for breeding (what a horrible life!) If you can convince them to keep the puppies at least 4 more weeks that would be better and if you do take the puppy get it a health check right away. Even puppies from bad breeders need a forever home where they can be loved and cherished. If you decide not to take the puppy ask what happens to them next. Maybe someone you know would like one. I hope everything works out for you and the puppies.
This just delays the inevitable. Supporting the breeder by paying for this pup will just convince them that it's profitable to do this leading to more litters of poorly bred dogs. "Rescue purchasing" from backyard breeders is short-sighted and harmful in the long run. Sure *this* dog will have a home - the half dozen+ in the next litters will be in the same boat.
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@Failedslacker I agree that it does profit the breeder and that there are so many beautiful animals in the shelters, I just always worry about the ones that dont get a forever home. I guess it is a no win situation. It is a shame that these breeders (and I am only talking about the irresponsible ones) can get away with this. New laws will only be effective if there is someone to enforce them but most cities and states don't have the funds. What a shame that these animals are treated so bad! Oh well I guess I will shut up now, completely different topic.
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