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That is fascinating, I will certainly keep it in mind with the litter that is (hopefully) on it's way.

The theory behind keeping the pups longer seems to be that the learn from their dam and littermates about proper social behavior. Right now I keep mine until 10 weeks, with my schedule I didn't find that keeping them for the extra two weeks to make 12 was beneficial for them. They say eight weeks is the best time to evaluate for conformation.

I'm not one of those that believes in keeping a pup at home until it's 16 weeks, I think they miss out on too much socializing during that time.
 
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