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The Right Breeder...


Over and over you will be told to buy a puppy from a 'Reputable Breeder', but how do you find one of these? Clever websites and good sales pitches can lead you down a false trail. The process of choosing a puppy is exciting but it is also full of pitfalls. This brief gide has been put together in the hope that it will point you in the right direction of finding that 'Reputable Breeder' and giving you some tips on the areas to be wary of.


Doesn't breed from bitches under 18 months of age or after 8 years of age
NEVER sells to dealers or pet shops
Is friendly, open and helpful; willing to answer all your questions
Will ask YOU lots of questions. Good breeders are concerned about who they sell their puppies to
Will be happy to show you all their dogs
Will obviously love their dogs to bits and treat and talk about them with great affection
Will stay in touch with you and help you with any problems or queries
Will give you written instructions on feeding, training and general care


Contact your local Veterinary practice, they will have close relationships with good breeders. Contact the Kennel Club for a list of Breed Clubs, you will then be able to speak to the Club's secretary who in turn can put you in contact with club members.
The Kennel Club run a 'Findapuppy' service advertising puppies for sale, this can be a good starting point in the fact that you can research the breeders, usually via their own websites which will show you the history of the breeder and the standard of their dogs. BEWARE though, the Kennel Club advertise puppies from ANY breeder who pays for the service, it is NOT a guarantee of a reputable breeder just because they appear on the KC site.
The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is for breeders who follow KC Guidelines and good practices regarding health testing for genetic disorders. The Kennel Club identify breeders who have bred Stud Book winners and are members of a breed club giving you some reassurance from these two points that the breeder is giving something back to their chosen breed.



Both of the above type of breeders will undoubtedly give their puppies the best possible start in life and care greatly about the wellbeing of both breeding stock and the future welfare of the puppies.
If you are looking for a pet puppy, your pup will not have to meet the exact specifications of bone structure and movement set out in the breed standard. Good temperament, however, is one attribute that should never be sacrificed in the pet puppy. It is important that a family pet have a happy, stable personaility.

Hobby breeders usually have a couple of pedigree bitches, which live in the house as pets and sometimes breed puppies. They will not always necessarily test for all the known hereditary conditions associated with the breed and the confirmation type of the parents may be of lesser quality. There also may not be the back up and 'after sales service' if they are not very experienced. They will care greatly for their animals and puppies with an open and honest attitude.

Puppies from a good, successful show kennel will always have received the best of everything - a well balanced diet, regular worming, daily play, exercise, grooming and lots of socialising. Think about it, the show kennel are hoping their next champion will be somewhere in that litter, for the first few months they won't know which one it may be so every puppy receives exactly the same amount of attention. Show kennels are concerned to keep hereditary and other health problems at bay. They will be aiming to keep the best for themselves so may well be trying harder than non-show breeders to avoid health problems by only using tested breeding stock.



Puppy Farm Poster 2009


Puppy Farms are like factory farms where dogs are bred purely for profit. The dogs are normall bred too often, many are unhealthy and often live in unbearably poor conditions. The puppies are generally removed from their mothers far too early and sent to 'dealers' or pet shops. Many of the puppies are severely traumatised by the transition and some do not make it alive. Do not buy a puppy or dog from these sources, they will have had the worst possible start in life and are far more likely to have health and temperament problems.

Dealers are agents for puppy farms. They buy puppies and sell them on, advertising them in newspapers and magazines, often masquerading as breeders. You should be wary of establishments which have a number of breeds and advertise puppies from many different breeds for sale. Good breeders will concentrate on one breed, occassionally two but rarely more. It is important that you see the mother with the puppies.

What are puppy farms?
Hidden away from prying eyes, many thousands of female dogs are housed in agricultural barns and sheds, crudely adapted for the purpose of the mass breeding of dogs. Brood bitches exist solely to produce puppies, mere breeding machines for commercial gain by their owners. Breeding establishments operate throughout the UK, but since the mid fifties, West Wales has provided one of the major sources of puppies traded commercially throughout the world.

Born into a cold hostile world, tiny puppies, are hostage to fortune. Bred in atrocious conditions where their mothers often live a miserable existence in cramped, crude, unhygienic conditions, they are exposed to stress and disease. In West Wales, puppy farms have been established for over 40 years, but in the past decade, as demand has dramatically increased, the number of breeding establishments throughout Britain has risen alarming due to the existence of a large dealer network. They are the lynchpin of the trade, the middlemen and act as the link between breeder and pet shop. They collect and transport hundreds of puppies to pet retailers and commercial outlets throughout the UK. Many others are exported, mainly to the Far East, Japan, Hong Kong and China.

This trade in young pet animals is steeped in cruelty and abuse, from the breeder through transportation by the dealers and in to the pet outlets where puppies are treated as mere commodities by greedy profiteers. Behind their closed doors can lie a sordid tale of misery and neglect. The silent suffering of mans best friend is a sad indictment of a society which allows this to happen.

The Kennel Club accept registrations from 'Puppy Farms' and similar establishments so don't be fooled into believing that a Kennel Club Registration Certificate is an indication of quality.

 to download the Puppy Farm information leaflet from
Please visit their site and sign the petition to stop pet shop trade in puppies.

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