How to help stop puppy farming

 

The Kennel Club has the following advice, to help ensure that you get a puppy from a responsible breeder, and help to STOP Puppy Farming. Here's what you can do:

Spot the signs

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.

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. You can write to your local political representative.

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