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what age do i pick out a puppy

today i am going to look at 3 week old puppies. should i pick one out now?
there are 4 males left and really want a male.

i already have a 3 year old golden and want another.
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how do i determine what his nose, hair etc will be at 3 weeks.
would i be able to tell?

what should i do
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as far as i know you can tell the color they are going to be by the color of their ears...are you getting the puppy from a breeder? my breeder wouldnt allow visitors til 5 weeks of age and i didnt get to pick my puppy. i got to pick my top 3 choices as she was going to have them evaluated at 8 weeks. i didnt know which puppy i was getting until the day i got him, i got first choice pick anyways.
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picking out a puppy

she already has 2 of the males spoken for and there is 4 left

she wants me to look at them.
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The person I got Kelly from does not let anyone near the babies until they have their first round of vaccines. Is it safe to visit puppies at 3 weeks old? Or my breeder is just a control freak?
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I would think you really could not tell too much at 3wks. I am not sure why she is letting people come in and touch and hold the pup at such an early age. I have first pick out of three pups I have no idea which one I will get. I have asked my breder to help me and gave her all the requirements I have.
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Same here, we didn't know till the day we picked up our puppy. Our breeder didn't even fully know who was getting which dog until she evaluated them at 8 weeks. We told her which ones we liked and based on our requirements she told us which ones would suit our needs.
The temperament of the dog should come first. Even if you pick the prettiest one there and it also ends up being the most domanet....I don't think that will work with having 2 young kids.
I imagine you wouldn't even know their temperament at 3 weeks...... I think that would be vary important to you as that you have 2 little ones. I'm sure your breeder would be able to help you. She is the one that is with them 24/7.
At 3 weeks, they are just beginning to learn how to be a dog and socialize with their litter mates. They develop so much from now till they get to go home. Your breeder is putting a lot of pressure on you as to having you pick out your puppy right now. Maybe you have a friend that knows dogs really well that can go with you. Have you read up on how to pick a puppy and how to evaluate them. It might help.
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You really cannot tell much of anything at 3 weeks. As has been mentioned, they are really just forming their personalities. If possible, ask the breeder if you can wait until they are 7 or 8 weeks old to pick. Temperament testing is usually done at 7 weeks, for a good reason.

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In my experience it is a red flag when a breeder asks you to a. Pick a puppy yourself and b. Does so when the puppies are so young...

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Last two were at 8 weeks and that is working well.
With that said no way on God's Green Earth would I take one at 3 weeks and I agree about the breeder being suspect.

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our breeder didn't let us visit until 5 weeks. We spent over an hour just sitting on the floor and getting to know the pups, asking the breeder lots of questions, as well as them asking us lots of questions. At that time some were spoken for but we did get to choose which pup we wanted. I agree 3 weeks seems a little to young for visitors.
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