|Barked: Fri Jul 26, '13 12:42pm PST |
|Trust me, it's a BIG mistake.
My Husband and I were CLUELESS when we got Gunther three years ago as a very fragile five week old puppy. Of course, he didn't think he was fragile, he thought he could take on any dog of any size! You're right about needing to protect this dog from rowdy, larger dogs. You also need to prepare for behavior problems to show up from being removed from the mother too early. Gunther developed food aggression and aggression towards other dogs, as well as towards my Husband, before he was even three months old. He bit often and would snarl, drawing blood every time as a VERY young puppy. It was highly abnormal, and completely due to being taken away from his mother so young. It took a lot of patience, consistency, and advice from caring people on this website to get him on the right track before things got worse. I do wish you luck, but please stop getting puppies before they are eight weeks of age. I did it ONCE, but never will I do it again.