Too young to choose?

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Telsun
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Too young to choose?

Post by Telsun » 14 Nov 2011, 15:15

Hi new here.

We're going to be getting a Labradoodle soon the puppies are available for viewing this Wednesday but are just 3 weeks old. We're wondering if at this age will they have developed any distinct personality that will differentiate them from each other? Is it to young to determine their character?

How old was your puppy when you decided that it was the one for you?
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Re: Too young to choose?

Post by Sarah Bevan » 14 Nov 2011, 15:32

We chose Jessie at 3 weeks old and we had the exact same concern.
We went with every intention of choosing a cream one and ended up choosing Jessie.(don`t ask me why, we just did)
We were after a fleecy coat and the breeder could tell at that age pretty much what coats the puppies would end up with.
With regards to the temperament - no puppy stood out as different at all and our breeder advised us that a dog`s personality is very much about how it is treated in the first year of life.
By the time we picked her up at 8 weeks they did all have certain characteristics, but they had all been chosen by new owners well before then.
From what I understand - the most important thing is the parent`s temperament, so make sure you spend time with mum.
Jessie`s mum was very calm, freindly and approachable and was clearly caring for her pups properly - this made us confident in what we where getting, the rest is up to you.
Good luck!!!!
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Re: Too young to choose?

Post by annvinton » 14 Nov 2011, 15:43

We chose Ben when he was four weeks old and then visited every week until picking him up at eight weeks.
You can't tell much about how they will turn out in either looks or personality.
It helps to see both parents and any from earlier litters.
The most important thing imo is the environment they are in at the breeders.
Are they indoors? With children,other animals etc.? Are they growing well etc?
We were sent pictures and reports of weight gain etc. every few days and the breeder taught him his name, come, sit etc.

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Re: Too young to choose?

Post by Sarah Bevan » 14 Nov 2011, 15:59

Yes Ann also mentions socialisation as young pups - that is very important.
Make sure they are in the house, not outside. Jessie`s litter were in the lounge and experienced all the usual comings and goings of family life, and any good breeder will let you visit regulary and give updates.
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Re: Too young to choose?

Post by Pippin » 14 Nov 2011, 16:55

It's a tricky one, we bred our first litter last year and I would have liked to ask people to wait until 6/7 weeks when we had a really clear idea of the puppies personalities and coats before choosing but it's a long time to keep people hanging on. We invited visitors last year some time between 3 and 4 weeks and will probably do the same this time. There were indications of personality and coat at this early stage, I knew who the quieter pups were and who was more boisterous so could help guide the new owners! :lol:
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Re: Too young to choose?

Post by Liz! » 14 Nov 2011, 17:12

We went at about 6 weeks I think it was - one of the boys were quite bossy, you could see that, and most were running around the pen and trying to get attention. Lola was plying with a toy she was tossing over her shoulder. We knew which one we were going to have as there were only 2 girls, I wanted a girl, I wanted the one with a fleece coat, and I wanted a small one (she was smallest in the litter) and I'd already fallen in love with her photo.

She is definitely a dog of this house, and the dog I wanted, and would agree with above- just like in some houses you see people's cats on surfaces, and in other you don't - it's to do with what the owner wants and how the dog is treated.
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Re: Too young to choose?

Post by allyjayne » 14 Nov 2011, 17:23

I chose Herb at 4 weeks which was too early to tell personality also they were asleep and had to be woken up.
But I don't think I would have choosen differently any way and I suppose it gives the breeder more time to sll all the pups so its damned if you do and damned if you don't.
But its like a box of choclates you don't want to pick one you WANT THEM ALL :lol: :lol:
Hope you get what you wish for
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Re: Too young to choose?

Post by jodieandbuddy » 14 Nov 2011, 17:38

i picked Buddy at 9 weeks and by then obviously you could see big differences in temperament and coat type etc but im sure picking earlier you can still find your perfect pup :D

I do agree that the first year has a huge affect on shaping temperament rather than them just being born with a certain personality anyways :) and another thing is that doodle coats change dramatically with age anyway too!!!
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Re: Too young to choose?

Post by Bid » 14 Nov 2011, 18:23

I think it is often a good idea to decide what characteristics you are looking for in a puppy, and get the breeder to pick for you - she will be in the best position to know what they are like as she spends so much time with them.

Daisy isn't a very cuddly dog, so when I was looking at Poppy's litter, I told the breeder that I was looking for a cuddly puppy, and she chose Poppy. She was spot on - a more cuddly dog you couldn't wish for :D. With Beamish I wanted a laid back sort of dog, so I didn't pick the one running to greet us (people sometimes say that their puppy came straight to them and "picked" them, and then wonder why they seem to have such a bold and forward dog ), and I didn't want a shy one so I narrowed it down to the ones who were friendly but not too forward. Then I looked at their coats as there wasn't much between them in character.
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Re: Too young to choose?

Post by annej » 14 Nov 2011, 18:29

We chose Otto at about 5 1/2 weeks. In fact there was only him and one other (chocolate) left. Both were lovely characters. We thought we wanted chocolate, but in the end we had black. He was a really fun loving pup , already chasing things around (!!), fairly confident and played with their children, but a baby when the breeder clipped his toenails before he left home for good! So in truth we hardly had a choice but I couldn't be more thrilled with him.

We saw both the mother and the father. The mother was quite submissive but also approached you and was very waggy and smiley.
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Re: Too young to choose?

Post by elainendexter » 14 Nov 2011, 18:41

we got dexter at 8 weeks there was 3 left a black boy and 2 girls one brown one black it was hard to choose but dexter was the first one in and i went for a boy cause i had never had a girl.
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Re: Too young to choose?

Post by stout » 14 Nov 2011, 18:42

We first met Stout (and his two brothers) at 2 and a half weeks, way too young to choose. We decided we wanted a boy, but that was it. So like Bid we left it up to the breeder. We said we wanted on too out going not too shy, which Stout is. We have since met Stouts brother and they are both lovely! We didn't mind about coat type. We met mum and dad and they were quite different, dad is laid back, mum quite bouncy. Stout can be either when it suits him!
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Re: Too young to choose?

Post by Telsun » 14 Nov 2011, 20:55

Wow! Thanks for all the great replies. Like I said we're looking at the puppies on Wednesday and will just have to go from there. As far as we know the breeder has other dogs, children, etc and brought up in the home. Quite a contrast to our English Setter who spent the first 8 months of his life in a kennel and still carries traits from that time....

Rusty (our Setter) is very, very lazy despite being just 5 years old! We barely know that we have him and taking him out for a walk is more of a chore than a treat (for him that is). However when he is with other dogs this does perk him up considerably so hopefully his new companion will bring out the best in him.

Does anyone have any opinions in regard to whether a female or male dog would be best suited to him. Obviously he is not a dominating dog and has been neutered, he also generally gets dominated by other dogs when he is out so we're thinking that perhaps a female dog would be best?

Will let you know how we get on on Wednesday. Thanks again.
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Re: Too young to choose?

Post by Rowan11 » 14 Nov 2011, 21:26

very exciting ! good luck picking :D
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Re: Too young to choose?

Post by Kirstie & Murphy » 14 Nov 2011, 22:52

Hi and welcome, good luck with choosing your new addition :D

I don't have any advice, we found Murphy at 11 weeks and brought him home with us the same day. There were 3 left, the other 2 were off playing together and he was toddling around on his own. We went to find him to check we'd made the right decision and he was laid on a pile of manure-I should have taken that as a warning :D
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