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
- Always go to a reliable and reputable Kennel Club Assured
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
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
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