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Picking up at 16 weeks.. too late?

Hello.. I'm getting a puppy from a breeder when he is going to be almost 16 weeks. Am I missing out on his early puppyhood? I feel like I am but maybe it's a good thing to get him at this age? I'm not sure. I see people getting their puppies as early as 8 weeks.

My puppy is coming from Europe from a reputable breeder. All of her dogs are show dogs and multi time champions so I feel lucky that I found him but at the same time I feel that the breeder has higher standards for her pups and so much more protective. She won't release him to me until all of the shots are done by her (a good thing?). I was hoping to meet my puppy at the end of July but not it's not going to happen until the end of August when he is 16 weeks.

He is definitely in a good hands right now, trained and socialized but not by me. :( I'm just wondering how is he going to adjust at this age to a new environment. Would it be more difficult to get used to my routing after being at another home for a while?

Any feedback welcome.

I attached few pictures of this cute little boy and his mom. Btw.. I don't have a name for him yet, still thinking. :)


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  • kellicruzkellicruz San Diego, CA
    adorable!!! I think it's good that the puppy is older, especially since he has to travel to come and live with you. He is just gorgeous!!
  • BulliesofNCBulliesofNC Richlands, NC
    Nothing wrong at all about getting him at that age. Being that he is coming to you internationally I think it's best that he be a bit older and mature for that kind of travel.

    - Steve Gogulski
    "It's not just a Dog, it's a Bull Terrier!"
  • BullkaBullka Los Angeles, CA
    Thank you both for your reply. I guess It gives me a plenty of time to prepare for his arrival and get all of the things he will need. It's all this anticipation.. I just can't wait to meet him.
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