how long do newborn chihuahua puppies have to stay with the mom?

my dog's girlfriend just had puppies [lives with other people] but i dont know when i can take one home with me?

eight weeks is the general age. it's important for the pups to stay with their mother…they can't see, they can't use the bathroom on their own (their bowels are stimulated by the mother's licking) and the mother's milk is the best thing for the puppies right now.

Congratulations!

  • shannon_yo7

    hmm I think all puppies have to be with their mother for six weeks, then you can take them away..but I'm not utterly sure about that
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  • Lisa E

    6 weeks or until they're weaned completely.
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  • allison_sdlr

    after six weeks
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  • k_karial

    Usually toy breeds need to be 12 weeks old before they can leave their mom.
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  • hotlilchicka116

    eight weeks is the general age. it's important for the pups to stay with their mother…they can't see, they can't use the bathroom on their own (their bowels are stimulated by the mother's licking) and the mother's milk is the best thing for the puppies right now.

    Congratulations!
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  • DP

    Between 9 and 10 weeks of age.. Any earlier than that and your pup will miss out on the learning that goes on between the littermates and interaction w/ mom etc.
    Much better to leave the puppy as long as possible.
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  • Goldengal

    With a tiny breed like chihuahuas it is best to keep the pups with thier moms until they are 9 or 10 weeks old. They grow so slowly that they need extra time with mom. If your friend does a very good job with the pups and the mom is a very good mom then 9 weeks would be ok.
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    Former Golden breeder and owner for over 20 years

  • china

    The puppies needs to stay with the mommy for 8 to 12 weeks. They need to be vet check and their first shots and worming done. So make sure the puppy stays with its mom for 8 weeks before you take her home.
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    Breeder of shih Tzu's

  • Max

    6 weeks minimum
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  • jessica g

    with small breeds like that you should wait at least 8-10 weeks.
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  • Horse Chick

    six weeks would probably be the least but i would recommend eight. Chihuahua puppies are so small and fragile. Most people want one asap but you wouldn't believe how many people take them home, and since they are so small they let the puppies sleep with them. The result isn't usually smushing the puppy it is actually the puppy jumping off of the bed and breaking a leg. If you bring your puppy home early i wouldn't let him get on the furniture for a while for safety purposes.
    thanx
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    I have talked to vets about this

  • Annie

    At least 8 weeks, but at that age, they are very insecure and can have lasting emotional problems if separated too early. I would wait until 10-12 weeks old.
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    experienced dog owner, puppy foster-er, Ag Major–> Pre-vet

  • tiffany t

    a month
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  • perfectprincess

    new born puppies have to stay with there mom until they are about 8 weeks old after that u are free to take one
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  • AZN PRIdE!! -_-

    All breeds of dog no matter what size need to stay with their mom for at least 8 weeks. this helps a puppy to learn the important things it needs in life such as how to walk & eat solids. You will also be able to train it at a younger age so it will be more experianced.
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The Chihuahua Manual