He was a gift to me and the breeder is a friend of the family. I was told that they decided to go ahead and give them to us because the mom was starting to bite them. They were still trying to nurse with teeth and the mom was getting angry apparently. Anyway, I could give him back but it wouldn't do any good because the rest of the pups are elsewhere also. His father passed away shortly after they were conceived (cancer). He has gotten much better about the whining. He lays beside my bed now and does great.
Actually, I have always heard 6 weeks. I have never heard anyone say 8 weeks, but that's good to know. He actually may have been closer to 7 weeks when he was brought to me. I had a dog for 11 years before I got this one. Unfortunately, he also passed away due to cancer. This puppy is from the same bloodline as my previous one. Which is what I wanted because the 3 previous we've had in our family were such great dogs. He's had his first shot and will go back for the next in 4 weeks.