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Can Puppies Leave Mother At 6 Weeks: The Ultimate Guide

Getting a puppy at home may bring many benefits but don't let it be a hazard. Typically, puppies at 6 weeks seem to be lovely, sturdy even independent. 

Thus, a lot of people wonder that can puppies leave mother at 6 weeks? And if yes, can it come home with you at that period? Have a quick look at the rest of this post to know all related issues and what happens with puppies taken back too soon.

The answer is YES. 6-week puppies can leave their mother. There is no need to stay with her all day long. What's more, their mother also wants free time away from hers every day. At this period, they need their mother to play and contact especially her protection.

Wanting one at home? Just wait in patience. Extra another couple of weeks to get 8 weeks is enough. Even if taking an 8-week puppy at home, most of its time is used to sleep. 

Yet, it's ideal to leave puppies with their mother until 12 weeks. If you are still stubborn to take a puppy at 6 weeks home, the high likelihood is its health and the future behavior in his life impacted. Even in some areas, you may be illegal to separate puppies with their mother.

The first weeks of puppies' life are critical to the rest of their life as primarily, that's the time to develop behaviors, social skills as well as their personality traits in the future. Keep in mind, with pets especially dogs, they can just learn these essential things from their own mother and siblings.

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Can you take a puppy home six weeks old?

can puppies leave mother at 6 weeks

It's up to where you live. In fact, although what I mentioned is right, it's trendy for buyers to take a puppy at 6 weeks home in some areas around the world even sooner. 

The explanation of sellers is after 6 weeks old, these puppies are already weaned. But the separating relevance in a period doesn't depend on only that element.

In some areas such as North America, Australia, and Europe, selling pedigree puppies are not allowed but puppies over eight weeks old.

Nonetheless, if you want a healthy puppy, never take it home until it is 8 weeks old. Are there exceptions? Their mother has already died, for example. Unluckily, the answer is no. Be sure to keep your new puppy hydrated.

They should still stay with their siblings instead. As I mentioned, their brothers and sisters can help them in the development of behaviors, skills, and personality traits especially bite inhibition.

Why should you wait for an extra a couple of weeks?

What they will learn from their own mother and siblings within the last 2 weeks may surprise you. Keep on reading, and you will never want to take a puppy home at 8 weeks old:

Bite Inhibition:

Bite inhibition is a long learning process which has been started since they are little puppies. The first lesson is taught through playing with another puppy or with their mother. 

It happens regularly, and during an extended period even it still has to continue after you take it home. At 8 weeks old, their teeth have developed very sharp, but you can have peace of mind.

The most laborious task has already been done thanks to the teaching process of bite inhibition from their mother and siblings.

When it comes to a puppy separated its mother at 6 weeks old, you will quickly have the opportunity of having a bite of your fingers in your puppy's mouth. How dangerous it is if you allow a 6-week puppy to play with your children.

Touch tolerance:

Any puppies had better experience being jostled continuously in their nest. Without this process of growing up, some of them may have the appearance of behavioral problems. 

Don't like being bumped or touched any parts of the body, for instance. Therefore, make sure your puppy has been experienced at this crucial stage before being taken home. If not, that may be a challenge, gravity of the condition for you and other members of the family.

Note: It's easier to teach an 8-week puppy to speak compared to a 6-week one.

What behaviors appear in puppies separated from their mother at 6 weeks?

According to a published study in 2011, the behavioral problems in puppy are inclusive of attention-seeking, toy and food possessiveness, reactivity to noises, fearfulness on walks, excessive barking, and destructiveness. 

Any puppy buyers should consider these before anything else as 6 - 8 weeks old is the time of growing fast when puppies are messy and noisy. Thus, with a wrong decision, you have trouble taking care of your puppy. Here are 5 tips to control negative behaviours in dogs.

Take a look below to see dog behavior problems & what you can do!

Conclusion: When to Wean Puppies

Can puppies leave mother at 6 weeks? It's yes but not a complete leave. They need their mother for paying, contacting especially her protection. Therefore, don't take any puppies home until they are enough at least 8 weeks old. It's better to wait for 12 weeks old.

Within the last 2 weeks, that's the critical period to develop the social skills, personality traits, behaviors, touch tolerance, bite inhibition as well as avoid behavioral problems in puppy such as attention-seeking, toy and food possessiveness, reactivity to noises, fearfulness on walks, excessive barking, and destructiveness.

I hope I've answered the question, "can puppies leave their mother at 6 weeks?" to your satisfaction. 6 week old puppy care can be challenging for new parents.

Please leave a comment or question below. I look forward to responding to your comments. Don't forget to share the article with your friends and loved ones too.

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(Last Updated On: September 10, 2019)

I'm a self-employed blogger, life-long pet parent and lover of dogs and somehow manage to have time to pursue another of my passions - writing. I’m the primary contributor and editor of PUPPY FAQS. I love to write about the nutrition, health, and care of puppies. If you have a question that needs answering, please leave a comment below, and I will do my best to explain it.

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Crystal - August 24, 2018

I am taking a 6 1/2 week poodle home tonight .im concerned its too soon.However the owners are sell all pups this weekend…should it be ok?

Khou Her - August 27, 2018

I will also, be bringing our little Aussie girl home this week too. She’ll be 6weeks. Eats and drinks well. Her mom leaves her and her littermates alone majority of the day, and just comes in at night. I’m a little concern about how young she is, but I’ve had a dog that I brought home at 5.5/6ish weeks old and she was awesome, up until she passed. We currently have another furbaby in the home, he’s 4.5 and is patient. Would this be ok?

The breeder said all his pups leave to homes at 6wks old and they all do well. He has profiles of all the pups he’s sold, and are in touch with all of his pups owners, and even has returning buyers.

James brewerton - September 5, 2018

Hi I just got a 7 1/2 week old pup I’m getting one more but she not ready yet as I got a 7 /12 week old pup at home will it be ok too take her in 3 weeks time at 6 weeks 3 days or should i wait till she 7 weeks ?

Morag - March 21, 2019

My dogs jack russells has given birth to 9 adorable pups. I have found homes for 6/7 of them. They are 9 weeks tomorrow. This is my second day keeping mum away from the pups. 1) When can I let them play again together?
2) How long for mums milk to dry up?
3) Can I put mum back on adult food, ( a little worried when they play I could upset pups digestive systems)
Look forward to hearing from you, an throughly grateful x

Vickie - March 23, 2019

I just got my goldendoodle puppy from the breeder the same day he turned 6wks and got his shots and well check from the vet. Is it possible to paper train him or discourage some of his chewing on us? We are distracting the chewing by saying ouch and giving him one of his chew toys?

Cassie - March 23, 2019

My parents got a puppy that is around 6 weeks old and I was wondering since you said a puppy is recommended to stay with its mother and siblings until at least 8 weeks to develop certain behaviors, if I have another dog in the home and I am working on slowly introducing them, can the puppy still develop those behaviors?

Sam sal - April 9, 2019

I have a pup I brought home at 5.5 weeks old. I want to reunite him with his mother and get him back when hes 9 weeks old. I’ve only had the pup for 4 days will it be safe to take him back to mother???

SONJA ANDERSON - August 24, 2019

One thing all of these breeders are missing in letting their pups go before 8 weeks is that under CA law it is a misdemeanor to sell a puppy under 8 weeks. The breeder can be fined $250 for each puppy that is sold and leaves its mother before 8 weeks. This is probably not enforced but it is a CA law on the books. I will not take a puppy from it’s litter mates before that time or allow one to leave before 8 weeks of age. Also. If you actually have a good vet and you ask, getting your puppy shots before 8 weeks of age is a waste of money. The mother’s immunity is still in full effect and will negate the shot you just paid for. So wait for 8 weeks for their first set of shots. You can look up the law for your state and have a good talk with your vet. I did both and was surprised at what I learned.


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