12-27-2010, 04:44 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Hampshire
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I TOTALLY understand how you feel about wanting your puppy ASAP!
The reason to wait is for the puppy's better social development. The littermates and the Mother are important in teaching "doggy language" to the puppy... mostly this is about bite inhibition, which is learning that biting too hard hurts! Other puppies and dogs can teach this much better than a human can.
The youngest pup I ever got was 7.5 weeks and the oldest was 12 weeks. I can say without question that the 12 week old puppy has turned out much more "educated" in dog social skills, not just bite inhibition (she has NEVER nipped me too hard) but also in reading the body language of other dogs.
So, the longer you can leave pup with her/his litter, the better. That said, there is little reason to leave the puppy with the breeder if all the other puppies have been picked up. So maybe you can find out when the other families are coming. It won't help your puppy to be the only one left!
Good luck, and do post pictures when you get the puppy!