Help STOP puppy farming
A puppy farm does not literally have to be a farm yard.
The Kennel Club defines puppy farmers as intensive volume breeders who have little regard or consideration for the basic needs and care for the dogs concerned.
Puppy farmers will:
– Separate puppies from their mothers too early
– Ignore guidelines about the maximum frequency of litters
– Sell puppies at ‘neutral’ locations instead of from their own homes
– Keep the puppies in poor conditions in order to save money
– Fail to socialise the puppies
– Fail to follow recommended breed specific health schemes
– Fail to ensure their pups are immunised and wormed
– Sell their breeding stock to pet shops
How to help stop puppy farming….Here’s what you can do
-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
– 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
– 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
One third of puppy buyers do not see their puppy with its mum and half do not see where their pup was born and raised. Almost three quarters do not see the relevant health test certificates for their puppy’s parents. These are breeding basics. Your puppy is for life, make sure the chance at life it’s been given is the best.
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.
For more information and advice on buying a puppy visitwww.thekennelclub.org.uk/paw