Bringing home your puppy
What’s the right age to bring your puppy home?
The best age to bring a puppy home is between 8 and 10 weeks old. By then, they should be weaned and have learned early canine social skills by being with their mother and littermates.
When is the best time to bring a puppy home?
It's important to bring your puppy home when you have a few days free to be at home and take care of them. It's also best if the house is quiet with very few visitors during the early days so your puppy can settle in without too much going on. If you can, bring them home in the morning so they can get used to their new surroundings before bedtime.
Are you ready to bring your puppy home?
Make sure you’re well prepared, and you'll help your puppy settle happily and safely into their new home and family. Not quite ready? Find out more about how to prepare for your puppy's arrival.Getting prepared
Questions to ask your puppy’s breeder
Your puppy’s breeder or shelter will hold a lot of information you can use to help your puppy settle more quickly in your home and stay healthy. Remember to ask the following questions and any others relevant to your individual puppy.
- Is the puppy fully weaned?
- What food are they being fed and what's their feeding schedule?
- Have they begun potty training, and to what level?
- What are their current daytime and night time routines?
- Have they been checked by a vet?
- Have they had any health issues?
- Have they had any vaccinations and, if so, when is the next injection due?
- When have they been given deworming treatments?
- Do they have a micro chip?
- What social experiences have they had so far?
- What are their parents' temperaments and personalities like and are health certificates available for them?