Puppy Awareness Week: 1 - 7th September 2014

Puppy Awareness Week

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.

Watch the video below for advice on buying a puppy or click here for a list of the Do's and Don'ts of puppy buying

Show your support for Puppy Awareness Week

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 stickers.

Pup Aid

Coinciding with the start of the Kennel Club's Puppy Awareness Week is the UK's biggest anti-puppy farming event, Pup Aid, organised by celebrity vet Marc Abrahams. It is taking place at Primrose Hill, London on 6th September 2014. Find out more about Pup Aid.

Do's and Don'ts of Buying a Puppy video

Watch the Kennel Club's video to learn the do's and don'ts of buying a puppy responsibly here:

Finding the right breed

There are 211 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.

Related Topics

Puppy Buying AdvicePuppy Dealers

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