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My fiancee and I have been thinking about this for a long time we've decided its time to buy a golden. Its with careful consideration that we made the decision to do this now. We've just bought a home with a large yard we're looking to get it fenced in as soon as we move in.
We have an out of country visit that we will need to leave for about 10 days in November.
If we got one now the puppy would be about 6-7 months old at the time of the trip. (Is my math right? 8 weeks old puppy now. May, June, July, August, September, October.)
Is this irresponsible? Should we wait until after November for the investment? Is this a hugely important developmental period in a puppy's life that we should be there for?
 

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There is a lot of emphasis placed on socialization from 0-16 weeks old. But you can socialize after that still. I don't think it's irresponsible to board a 7-8 month old puppy. But I don't know if you'll just be able to go out and pick up a puppy right now if you haven't already been shopping for one. It took me a while to find my breeder and I had to wait for her bitch to come into season, to be bred, to have the pregnancy confirmed, etc. All in all, from when I found her to when I got my puppy was like 5-6 months.
 

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To find a reputable breeder usually takes a couple months or a lot of work. Then to contact and get in a waiting list can take a bit of time too. Brin the time of breeding and to go home is usually about 4 months. Generally 63 day pregnancy and then 8 will if age before going home. Most reputable breeders have a waiting list. Some start the list before the breeding and some wait till the pups are in the ground as to not over book a litter.

So if you aren't at least on a list now, figure it can be 6 months or more before you may get a puppy.

I personally don't board my dogs. They come with me or they stay with someone I trust. 7 or 8 months wouldn't be an issue, but based on what you've said, if get it set up to get the pup when you get back.
 

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I agree, you're better off waiting until after your trip if you want a healthy puppy from a quality breeder. Start your breeder search now, be prepared to wait several months for the right breeder to have a litter available and then wait another excruciating 8 weeks for your puppy to come home. A healthy, well-bred puppy is worth the wait, and you might enjoy the early months more without the stress of leaving your new best friend behind while you travel.
 
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