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We have been looking for the perfect puppy for our family! I think we may have found one. She's older than we wanted, she's almost 7 months old. Her breeder was going to keep her to show but says she didn't have the time right now. The plus is she's house and crate trained! Winner there. I only worry about missing out on some if the puppy stages or do they go so fast it won't really matter. She's also small, owner projects her to 45 pounds. But all in all she's a beautiful dog! Just looking for some input on getting an older puppy vs one that is 8 weeks!

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Sounds like a great idea, but you will still have the teenage phase to live with! can you ask the owner what socialisation program they followed? I had a checklist that I used
Hey! Thanks for the reply! I haven't asked specifically. Her current owner owns a grooming place and she goes there daily with her. She is around people a lot and lots of other dogs. She has an indoor cat too, which is great because we have one as well. We are looking at ways to help socialize her once she comes to us so any input is appreciated!

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Hmm cats huh?? Well she is around "her" cats, that does not automatically equate to being around your cat??? I have crap loads of cats finally down to four. And none of my dogs screwed with my cats "ever." No chasing "period" at all "ever." The dogs lay down and the cats struggled with them, end of story.

Keep a leash on her when the cat is first introduced. Her reaction will tell you all you need to know. If you see a "problem" then let us know. :)

It's great that she gets along well with other dogs and stuff. I'd file that under "nice to know" but it would be immaterial to me. I don't do "Dog Parks," "Doggie Day Care" or "Is your dog friendly people."

I don't trust other people and their dogs. It was my job to keep my girl safe and I am "extremely good at my job." My girl was never attacked by another dog, so I've never had "behavioural issues to fix" because of that. And my dogs that only very rarely got to interact freely with other dogs got along just fine with other dogs when they did get an opportunity to play with others, know safe dogs only ... is the best policy. :)

but at seven months most likely there will be few issues out the gate. Walk them on neutral ground and then go home. And some variation on the first link here would be a good idea. :
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