How Old Should Puppies Be Before They Are Sold?

How Old Should Puppies Be Before They Are Sold?

How Old Should Puppies Be Before They Are Sold?

All states in the United States require puppies to be at least 7 weeks old before they are sold. The American Kennel Club recommends a minimum age of 8 weeks.

The age at which a dog may be sold is attached to the age of weaning. Most breeds are completely weaned by 8 weeks old, but smaller breeds are more delicate and require a longer time with their mother. Any puppy being considered for sale should be comfortable eating independently of its mother. It is not only illegal but also unethical to sell a dog that still relies on its mother for nutrition.