I may be mistaken but I thought I read that puppies go through a couple of fear periods. Is 8 weeks before or after either of those and would you want the puppy to remain with its mother and littermates during that time?8 weeks is pretty typical for mini's and standards. They get continued behavior lessons from mom and siblings, things like learning some bite inhibition and other social interactions.
Since Covid, we've seen mention from some members of some breeders sending pups home a week earlier. I'd want my pup to get the full 8 weeks. I can't replicate that learning at home in the same way.
Thank you for reminding me of this. I've even talked about getting pups exposed to grooming in those weeks they're still with the breeder before they begin to learn fear.Here's some good info on fear periods, the first of which occurs around 9 weeks, when puppies are typically sent to their new homes:
Yes! That early grooming is so important, as is a breeder who just generally understands (and values!) early socialization.