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. 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 about 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 trade here.

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 stickers.

  • 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 share information.
  • 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 word

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, 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.

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