When should puppies be separated from their litter?

litterA retrospective study looking at problematic behaviors and the age at which the puppy was taken from the litter, found that puppies taken earlier then 8 weeks displayed more behavioral problems that those who remained with the litter for the whole 8 weeks.

In addition, the authors found that puppies in pet stores exhibited more problematic behaviors than puppies from other sources even when they were kept with their litters for the 8 weeks!

Does this mean puppies should remain with their littermates for 8 weeks? It means that they should remain with their littermates for at least 8 weeks! More studies need to be done to really answer this questions but at this time it seems reasonable that no one should remove a puppy from his or her litter until at least 8 weeks and puppies should not be purchased at pet stores.

Published in: on September 30, 2013 at 2:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

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