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Originally posted by treasures_cherished@Apr 26 2005, 07:49 PM
She will be 8 1/2 weeks...... I know, a little early...... 

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I hate to suggest this but maybe the breeder could keep her until your return from your beach trip. I believe you'll find a 12-week-old puppy so much easier ..... I know you are so excited... believe me I've been there myself.... getting two at less than 8 weeks
and then Catcher at almost 11 weeks.... there is quite a difference.... I get very frustrated at these breeders (usually BYB) who let their Maltese babies go at 8 weeks....


This is just my opinion.... I hope you don't mind my sharing it!!
 

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Originally posted by Sisses Momma@Apr 27 2005, 04:53 PM
Sis was 12 wks when she came home.  We had been visiting since she was 4 weeks old.  I could see the progression in her as far as size, temperment and eating went.  I seriously think she could of come home at 10 weeks or so because she really was the "independent" one of the litter.  She played well alone and did not show any social problems, ie; biting, aggression etc, at the time.  The "breeder" (hobby breeder) insisted on keeping her until 12 weeks because "that is what my Vet recommended".......I understand the theory of learning "puppy manners", but frankly, we have had some of those "puppy" issues, biting etc anyway!!  I would of loved to have had her at 10 weeks and feel sometimes that I really missed that "puppy stage".  She was DARNED independent when she came to us, she rarely cuddles (maybe it's because she is STILL a puppy), but often feel she would of been more "loving" had we gotten her sooner.  She's crazy about being with us in the same room, but won't sleep in our laps or anything like that.  She gives kisses and just turns herself inside out when I come home from work, you can see she just loves us, but NO cuddles.....


I am glad your Vets wife is keeping her...it'll be better for both of you.....

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I'm not sure cuddling has to do with when they came home. I think it is just the nature of the dog. Kallie came home at just under 8 weeks and cuddled at first but she grew out of it and is not a cuddler at all. She is just the sweetest thing and loves to be petted but she is very active and can't sit still in my lap at all. Catcher, on the other hand, came home at a little under 11 weeks and he is a big cuddler. He will be a year soon and it just amazes me how that little guy likes to cuddle.

For example, today we were out on the patio and Kallie was rooting around out there having a good ole time. Catcher was in my lap snuggling close and giving me kisses and he had no interest in anything else. I truly think it is just each dog's individual personality.....
 
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