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Our family has decided on adopting a labradoodle puppy sometime in the next 5-6 months, so I visited a local labradoodle breeder this week, to meet the puppies and parents and ask questions. The mom dog was not at this breeder's farm, as she is owned by another breeder in the area. The puppies were 6 weeks old, so I asked if they had already been separated from their mother. The breeder told me yes, after they had completed weaning at about 5 weeks old. So from 5 weeks until 8 weeks, they remain with her but no mom dog. (She does not send them home with their new human family before 8 weeks.) She owns the dad dog, but he is a true stud and really is not around the pups. She also owns two other mom dogs, one of whom is currently secluded, tending a newborn litter, and the other whose pups had just reached 8 weeks (although i think that litter had also been separated from her at 5 weeks). In all respects, she seems like a knowledgeable, experienced breeder (10+ years) with a very clean house (pups were in kitchen), and the temperaments of the bitches and stud dog that I met were excellent. It is clearly not a 'puppy farm.'
My question is: Should I have reservations about getting a puppy from this breeder? Is it common to separate pups from the mom so young? Do they learn what they need to learn about being a dog from their litter-mates without the mom once they are weaned?