Picking puppy from litter at 5 weeks

Discussion in 'Labrador Puppies' started by Janet McLaughlin, Jul 21, 2020.

  1. Janet McLaughlin

    Janet McLaughlin Registered Users

    Jul 21, 2020
    Hi there. We are to pick our female puppy this weekend. (Not taking home just visiting and picking which will join the family) this is how our family breeder does it. We are very excited. Any suggestions about how to pick? I’m sure they will all be great and at 5 weeks may be a little young to discern much about their personalities haha but advice is appreciated! Thanks!
  2. Christina2807

    Christina2807 Supporting Member Forum Supporter

    Jul 3, 2019
    Sorry I don't have any advice as our little girl picked us. I think you should ask the advice of the breeder who they think is best suited to you and also see what they are like then you visit.

    Good luck!
  3. Sukhpreet Aujla

    Sukhpreet Aujla Registered Users

    Sep 4, 2019
    Will you have the entire litter to pick from? My breeder was brilliant she sent weekly individual pictures of all the puppies and she set it up in that you got to pick in order of your place on the waiting list.

    She had 5 girls 2 boys and I was 4th so I had 2 girls to pick from. I already had a favourite in mind and luckily she was one of the two options I had, and that puppy came over to me first, so she picked me really. The general advice is be wary of going for a pup that demands all the attention and equally of a pup that seems scared and cowers away, you don't have to avoid them but they might need a bit extra in terms of training. At 5 weeks they should be full of curiosity for about 5 minutes then fall asleep due to the excitement :)
  4. sarah@forumHQ

    sarah@forumHQ Moderator

    Oct 1, 2018
    This is such a sweet and spot on description of a 5 week old puppy! :D
  5. Crofton138

    Crofton138 Registered Users

    Mar 28, 2020
    We let the puppy pick us. The litter we were picking from had 5 bitches and we had choice of 4 of them as the breeder was keeping one for herself so obviously picked first. Two were not so interested in us (we visited twice) and kept themselves to themselves. The other two came straight over to play both times, wanted cuddles and fell asleep on our laps! So, picking between those two was quite tough but we just watched them interact with their litter and went for the middle of the road puppy, which wasn't overly boisterous but didn't hide away and seemed sociable. End result has been a superb puppy and we're more than happy.
  6. Tracy Sortwell

    Tracy Sortwell Registered Users

    May 20, 2020
    We are going next weekend to choose our puppy. He’ll be 6 weeks by then as the breeder wants to keep one and chooses at 6 weeks. We will have 2 to choose from. The answers to this question are very helpful. The photos have been super cute, am so excited!
  7. BenjaminDare

    BenjaminDare Registered Users

    Jul 31, 2020
    Before buying a dog, you should consult your friends, online forums and on google through the phone number, name, nick chat, forum nick of the seller to see if people have a reputation or not, reputable or is not.
  8. McGuillicuddy

    McGuillicuddy Registered Users

    Jun 24, 2019
    Our breeder selects puppies based on her interactions with clients. I don't know if she just got lucky or if there is some science to it, but she was spot on with our puppy (who is now 15 months).

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