The Do's and Don'ts of Buying a Puppy
Buying a cute little puppy should be a wonderful time in your life. A dog can be your closest friend and bring you joy for years to come, but an unscrupulous breeder can turn the whole experience into a disaster.
Puppy farming is the mass commercial production of puppies purely for profit and without a thought for the welfare or happiness of the pup, breeding bitch or stud dogs.
On a puppy farm, breeding dogs and pups are often kept in unsuitable dark conditions, totally unsocialised and riddled with both infectious and inbred, often incurable, diseases. These poorly pups are then sold on and many die after reaching their new home.
Sounds awful doesn’t’ it? It is – and, unfortunately, it’s not yet illegal…
But don’t despair! Follow these simple steps and you can make sure you’re getting a happy healthy pup:
• Ask to see the puppy’s mother. She should definitely be present and, ideally, so should the father. It also gives you a chance to see the puppy interacting with the mother and assess her temperament so that you can get an indication of whether she will fit into your family well.
• Make sure you see the puppy in its breeding environment and, if it was not raised within the breeder’s house, ask to visit the kennels. If you suspect the conditions are not right, then don’t buy the puppy
• Be prepared to be put on a waiting list. A healthy puppy is well-worth waiting for
• Ask if you can return the puppy if things don’t work out. Responsible and reputable breeders will always say yes
• Be suspicious of a breeder selling more than one (maximum two) breeds, unless you are sure of their credentials
• If you’re looking for a pedigree, always go to a reliable and reputable Kennel Club Assured Breeder.
• Consider alternatives to buying a pedigree puppy - like getting a rescue puppy
• Pick your puppy up from a neutral location such as a car park or motorway service station. This is a common tactic used by puppy farm dealers
• Buy a puppy from a questionable source because you feel like you’re rescuing it. You’ll only be making space available for another poorly pup to fill
• Be fooled by a Kennel Club pedigree certificate. These are often faked by puppy farmers who are already operating illegally. The majority of puppy farmers will not register their litters with the Kennel Club
Finally, if any in any doubt at all, just check with the Kennel Club.
Have fun with your new little friend!