The Kennel Club's national Puppy Awareness Week (PAW): 7 - 14th
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.
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 7th September 2013. 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.