More Risky to take a Puppy Home Too Early

A new study found that if you take a puppy away from their litter too early, they are more likely to develop behavioral problems. It is recommended from veterinarians and good dog breeders that puppies should stay with their litter at least 2 months before adoption.

The study was conducted in Naples, Italy from veterinary researchers who interviewed 140 dog owners, ages 18 months to 7 years. About 50% of the dogs were adopted early between 30 to 40 days and the other half were not adopted until they were at least 2 months old.

Overall, the results showed that the younger dogs were significantly more likely to be destructive than the older dogs, but the ones that were separated from their litters early were more likely to show behavioral problems such as:

  • Destructiveness
  • Excessive barking
  • Fearfulness of walks
  • Reactivity to noises
  • Possessiveness of food and toys
  • Attention seeking
  • Aversion or aggression toward strangers
  • Play biting
  • Tail chasing
  • Soiling the house
Researchers have not figured out why this happens, but suggests it might be “some dogs may have a genetic predisposition to certain conditions, including fear, anxiety and phobia of noises, and that early environmental experiences may increase the likelihood that they will develop these conditions or go on to have disordered behavior.”

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Hypoallergenic dogs, do they really exist?

Dog lovers who have sensitive allergies look into owning hypoallergenic dogs, because it decreases the risk of getting allergy symptoms. Unfortunately, a new study conducted by the Henry Ford Hospital explains that there is no scientific reasoning that supports the idea of hypoallergenic dogs having less irritating allergens. People with pet allergies have sensitive immune systems that can react to harmless proteins in pet’s dander such as saliva or fur. These proteins are labeled as allergens.

In this study, scientists gather dust samples from more than 173 homes with one dog. In total, they observed 60 different breeds in which 11 are supposedly hypoallergenic. The results show that there are no major differences in allergen levels between the hypoallergenic and non-hypoallergenic dogs.

In response, the American Kennel club explains that there are no dogs that can be considered 100% hypoallergenic and there are some dogs that are better for allergic people than others.

They provided a list of dogs here.

What are your experiences with hypoallergenic dogs?

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