Are you thinking of buying a puppy?

Advice on buying a puppy and avoiding unethical breeders

Make sure you don’t accidentally support dodgy breeders and sellers or puppy farms when you welcome a new dog into your home.

Always follow our PUPS checklist and ask these key questions:

·        Parents - Is the puppy with its mum?

·        Underage - Has the puppy reached the legal age for sale  (8 weeks in the UK)?

·        Papers - Are all of the puppy’s papers available and in order?

·        Sickness - Is the puppy healthy, energetic and vaccinated?

Puppies from unscrupulous breeders are often born and kept in inhumane conditions, separated from their mothers and litter-mates at an early age, and denied proper medical care or vaccinations – meaning that you could be in for a nasty surprise when you take your puppy home and discover that they’re suffering from severe or ptoentially even fatal health conditions.

The Puppy Contract, or Puppy Information Pack (PIP), is a useful resource for making sure you have all the information you need before taking your new companion home.

IFAW always recommends adopting from a legitimate rehoming shelter or an assured breeder – and exercising caution when purchasing from a third-partyseller or responding to online adverts without visible puppy and breeder information.

It’s also a good idea to make sure you know your legal care responsibilities as outlined by the UK Government in the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs.

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