• UK Kennel Club releases new video: “The Dos and Don’ts of Buying a Puppy”

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    September 12th, 2013Laura P (Editor)Articles

    The British Kennel Club have released a new video to coincide with their second annual Puppy Awareness Week (PAW).

    PAW aims to make sure that puppies live healthy, happy lives with suitable owners. Make sure that you get the right dog for your lifestyle and that you buy from a reputable breeder.

    Puppies from puppy farms are bred with no regard for their health and well-being and are kept in appalling, unsanitary conditions. Kennel Club research from 2013 shows that as many as one in three may have unknowingly bought from a puppy farm, after sourcing their puppy online, on social media, in pet shops or through free newspaper ads – outlets often used by puppy farmers. One in five pups bought online or in pet shops need long-term veterinary care or die before six months old.

    Make sure that you don’t buy from a puppy farmer, or from an ill-informed and unknowledgeable breeder, who has not taken all of the steps to give your puppy the best chance in life.

    There are 211 breeds of dog, and many crossbreeds, that all have very different needs. Pedigree dogs are bred to have predictable traits and characteristics and by doing research people can easily find the dog that is the best fit for them.

    You should also adhere to the following Dos and Don’ts, also supplied by the Kennel Club:

    Do

    • Always go to a reliable and reputable Kennel Club Assured Breeder.
    • Ask to see the puppy’s mother.
    • See the puppy in its breeding environment and ask to look at the kennelling conditions if they were not raised within the breeder’s house. If you suspect the conditions are not right, then do not buy the puppy.
    • Ask to see the relevant health test certificates for the puppy’s parents
    • 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 several different breeds, unless you are sure of their credentials.
    • Consider alternatives to buying a puppy like getting a rescue dog or pup. Click here to find a breed rescue puppy.
    • Report your concerns to the relevant authority if you suspect the breeder is a puppy farmer

    Don’t

    • Buy a puppy from a pet shop.
    • Pick your puppy up from a ‘neutral location’ such as a car park or motorway service station.
    • Buy a puppy because you feel like you’re rescuing it. You’ll only be making space available for another poorly pup to fill and condemning further puppies to a miserable life

    Tell the relevant authorities

    Local Councils, animal health officers and the police have the power to enforce the law. If you suspect somebody is a puppy farmer report them to the RSPCA, the police, or your Local Authority.

    If somebody who you also suspect of being a puppy farmer, is registering their dogs with the Kennel Club, then ensure that you tell the Kennel Club about your suspicions. The Kennel Club would never knowingly register puppies from a puppy farmer and will tell the relevant authorities to try and ensure that the person is brought to book.

    (Just yesterday, 2 puppy farmers pleaded guilty to 11 charges of animal cruelty in Bury after they were caught out by an undercover journalist. If you know a puppy farmer, tell someone!)

    Opt for a puppy from a Kennel Club Assured Breeder or rescue centre

    The Kennel Club strongly advises puppy buyers to go to a member of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme, the UK’s only scheme for breeders that sets strict rules for and checks the quality of its members. The Kennel Club has independent United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) accreditation to certify breeders under the rules of this scheme. Those looking for a rescue dog can use the Kennel Club Rescue Dog Directory to find a Breed Rescue or another rescue home.

    Please, help us spread the word

    We can only stop puppy farmers if puppy buyers know to avoid them – before they buy, not once it is too late. If you know prospective puppy buyers tell them about this campaign to make sure that they make the right choices.

    Sign the Petition

    So far, over 71,500 people have signed this government e-petiton calling for a ban on the sale of young pups without their mothers present. If you’re not already one of them, what are you waiting for? If it reaches 100K, the issue of puppy farms and responsible dog breeding will be debated in Parliament.

    Together, with the right action and education, we can end puppy farming.

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