Puppies too young to be sold
As a lover of animals, I write with great concern having seen a classified
ad on Tuesday 04/09/07 in Chiangmai Mail for a 6 week old pedigree puppy for
It may be a surprise to many, but a puppy or kitten being separated from its
mother and siblings at 6 weeks of age is detrimental to the future health
and social ability of that young animal.
Any professional breeder selling puppies/kittens would know that the age of
4-8 weeks is a crucial social development age whereby the young animal
should be with its mother and siblings to learn essential developmental
behavior and skills becoming sociable, learning to play without biting and
scratching too hard and gaining confidence and assertiveness are just some
In terms of health, unless a puppy or kitten was living in an animal rescue
shelter environment, where the decision is usually made to give a 1st
vaccination from the age of 6 weeks (due to higher risk of diseases in the
surroundings), vets and professional breeders would normally only give a 1st
vaccination at the age of 8 weeks.
It is very worrisome that the puppy in this ad is the “last of the litter’”
for sale at 6 weeks of age. Does this mean that the litter have all been
vaccinated at an inappropriate age (a high risk for a compromised immune
system, sickness or even death), or that this individual selling the puppy
has not given any vaccinations to the puppies prior to selling them?
There are many, many mixed breed (street/stray/soi) animals in desperate
need of a home. Most people prefer pedigrees animals due to their look and
temperament but readers might want to consider giving a home to a mixed
There are two animal rescue organizations in Chiang Mai, Care for Dogs and
Lanna Dog Rescue where animals can be adopted to a good home. Care for Dogs
also provides information to people moving to another country or going back
to their home country and are not sure how to go about readying their pet to
move with them.
These 2 organizations work very hard, relying on donations by compassionate
and supportive people, to rescue, recover and re-home animals.
Editor replies: Care for Dogs can be contacted at http://www.carefordogs
And Lanna Dog Rescue at http://www.lannadog.net/en/index.html