I wasn't sure whether or not to put this in the Health forum or here
At any rate, I'm asking questions because (just to remind y'all) a couple of years down the road we are looking into getting a second dog. We want to do so in a responsible manner (and we just aren't ready right now for a variety of reasons), and for several reasons, not least of which is to have a companion for Dozer who doesn't hiss at him every time he walks by!
We are looking into the *possibility* of getting a show-quality purebred dog from a breeder. We do *not* intend to breed, but we are both interested in showing a dog. Besides that, DH really wants to get a purebred from a breeder, and my standpoint is "not unless you plan on showing." Not as long as there are dogs in shelters that really need good homes. He has his reasons, and I have mine, but that is really beside the point of the question.
How old should puppies be when they are separated from their mother? I've always heard 7 weeks, but that just seems so early, and in particular if we're looking at purchasing a show-quality animal -- I just can't see a good conformity evaluation happening at such a tender age.
Any advice in this area? I'm gathering information and resources now, and from here on out, when I can.