If you are looking to adopt miniature english bulldogs, you must understand that the age of the puppy is crucial. As a general rule, a breeder should not sell you a puppy until it reaches the age of 8 weeks. In order to have your puppy delivered to you, it will have to be at least 8 weeks old and have a written health certificate from a licensed veterinarian. |
When you consider the weaning age of the average puppy, it makes sense not to have it in your possession until it is 8 weeks old. Most puppies are weaned from their mothers at the age of 4 to 5 weeks old. It requires 3 to 4 weeks for the puppy to adjust to the change and develop good eating habits. Naturally, the puppies are on full feed at an early weaning stage. Within the next few weeks the puppies learn to eat at appropriate times. This teaches them the importance of not overeating.
By the time you are getting your puppy at 8 weeks old, he has adjusted to a feeding schedule and will adjust to his lifestyle with you under less stress. If you received your puppy at 6 or 7 weeks, he would just be learning how to eat on his own and then have to adjust to a totally new environment. With all the new changes at once, this could cause him to get sick or go downhill after you receive him.
Also, miniature english bulldogs at a younger age may not have all the required vaccinations.
Sometimes it is a good idea to get a puppy at an older age. An advantage of getting a puppy at 10 weeks or older, is that they are entering the toddler stage and have more independence to do some things on their own. A dog’s one year of life is compared to 6 years of a human’s. At the age of 2 months, your puppy will be at the same stage as a one year old child. Have you tried to potty train a 1 year old child? Most of the time it backfires if you try to push it!
If you are considering miniature english bulldogs that will be kenneled most of the day, I would suggest an older puppy. It might be hard on the puppy at the age of 8 weeks to be left alone for more then 4 hours without being let out to relieve himself. If you stay home with the puppy, so he is supervised, then the younger age is appropriate. You can work with potty training at an early age and teach good habits right away.
As for basic training commands and leash training your puppy, he will learn at any age. Overall, it is best to consider the puppy’s personality and the breeder’s recommendations.
Most buyers shy away from a puppy that is older than 12 weeks because they fear there is something wrong with the puppy. You won't know until you consult with the breeder. There are a number of reasons that a puppy is available at an older age that are completely understandable.
I suggest that you consider why you are buying miniature english bulldogs and what special needs you have for housing the puppy. At that time, you might consider buying an older puppy due to your circumstances.
English Bulldog puppies are generally going to adjust to their environment and bond well at any age from 8 weeks to 16 weeks. You will have a better chance to teach your puppy good manners at an early age. The challenge of curbing bad habits exists when you get an older puppy, although it is not impossible with the correct training.
Remember, it is never too late to teach or train miniature english bulldogs. It just requires more patience in correcting bad habits.
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