PUPPIES SHOULDN’T BE SEPARATED FROM DAM TOO EARLY. It is very important for breeders to give puppies the best start possible. Ideally, every puppy should begin learning how to be a dog by interacting with its mother and its littermates. But pet stores often sell puppies who are 5 weeks old or younger, already separated from their litter and lacking this important early socialization. 5 weeks is simply too soon for a puppy to leave its mother.
Ideally, your breeder will raise the puppies inside their house with lots of socialization until at least 7 weeks of age. If the breeder is doing a good job of socializing the puppies, he or she may keep the pups until 10 or 12 weeks of age Or longer. Because puppies often go through a fear period at 9 weeks of age, its best if the puppy doesn’t travel during its 9th week of life.
Adult Brittanys, properly socialized and cared for, should have little trouble adjusting to a change to a new home later in life. And even dogs who have suffered the worst treatment possible often have the amazing capacity to bounce back and become terrific pets and/or working dogs in loving homes.
Please don’t buy a puppy from a pet store. Pet stores that sell puppies often buy these puppies from puppy mills that are only concerned about making lots of money to the detriment of the puppies and dogs involved. The pet store is unlikely to provide basic information about the breed, and unlikely to socialize the puppies as well as a good breeder. You won’t be able to meet the parents, so you don’t know about their health or temperament. While you might feel sorry for the puppy raised in these unfortunate circumstances, buying that puppy keeps the puppy mill in business. Consider adopting a dog from a shelter or a rescue organization instead. Or purchasing a puppy from a reputable breeder that you feel comfortable with.