PAW aims to make sure that puppies live healthy, happy lives
with suitable owners. Make sure that you get the right dog for your
lifestyle and that you buy from a reputable breeder.
STOP puppy farming
Puppies from puppy farms are bred with no regard for their
health and well-being and are kept in appalling, unsanitary
conditions. Kennel Club research from 2013 shows that 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*.
*Research conducted in August 2013 by Atomik, on behalf of the
Kennel Club, and is based on 2,026 responses.
Make sure that you don't buy from a puppy farmer, or from an
ill-informed and unknowledgeable breeder, who has not taken all of
the steps to give your puppy the best chance in life. The Kennel
Club recommends that 'ABS is Best' and always advises people to go
to a Kennel Club Assured Breeder. The Kennel Club has United
Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) accreditation to certify
breeders on the scheme and it is the only one in the UK that sets
standards for and inspects dog breeders. You can find out more
Kennel Club Assured Breeders here.
Watch the video below for advice on buying a puppy or read our
list of the
Do's and Don'ts of puppy buying. You can also find out more
about the cruel puppy farming
Show your support for Puppy Awareness Week 2014
Download a PAW poster and leaflet below. Or request to be sent a
PAW pack by filling out this
form. The PAW pack will contain posters, leaflets and
- Dog lovers can change their Facebook and Twitter profile
pictures to the PAW logo from 1-7 September - just right click the
PAW logo below, save the image to your desktop, and upload it as
your Facebook and Twitter profile picture. Remember to like the KC
Facebook page to keep up with Puppy Awareness Week news and to
- Watch the video below on the Dos and Don'ts of buying a puppy
and click the logo to share on social media, to help us spread the
Coinciding with the start of the Kennel Club's Puppy Awareness
Week is the UK's biggest anti-puppy farming event, Pup Aid, founded
and organised by celebrity vet Marc Abrahams. It is taking place at
Primrose Hill, London on 6th September 2014. Find
out more about Pup Aid.
What to expect when buying a puppy
TV Vet Marc Abraham reveals some of the many health and welfare
problems that you could be confronted with if buying a puppy from a
source often used by puppy farmers. He meets Irish terrier breeder,
Candace Bugden, to find out what to expect when buying a puppy from
a responsible breeder, and why getting a puppy from a Kennel Club
Assured Breeder is always the best option.
Finding the right breed
There are 212 breeds of dog, and many crossbreeds, that have
very different needs. Pedigree dogs are bred to have predictable
traits and characteristics and by doing research people can easily
find the dog that is the best fit for them.
Take a look in our Breed Information
Centre to find out which breed is best suited to you.
Click here to find a puppy,
and remember to look out for the purple Assured Breeder logo.
Do's and don'ts of buying a puppy
Kennel Club research has shown a shocking number of people still
buying puppies from disreputable sources: one in three revealed
their puppies were sourced on internet sites, through social media,
in pet shops and newspapers advertisements - all sources popularly
used by puppy farmers.