Puppies for sale: finding the right dog

Pedigree puppies for sale

Each pedigree dog breed has its own characteristics and with 218 different breeds (recognised by the Kennel Club) there is certainly an ideal breed for most. If you match these characteristics with your personality and lifestyle, it is more likely that you will have a happy and fulfilling relationship with your dog.

We understand that finding your perfect companion isn't always easy. So we've developed our own service to help you find the right pedigree breed for you and a tool to find puppies for sale from responsible breeders in the UK:

Buying a flat-faced (brachycephalic) Puppy

If you're thinking of buying a flat-faced puppy, such as a French Bulldog, Pug or Bulldog, it's important that you find out about the health issues that impact on some of these dogs (such as breathing difficulties, eye conditions and skin problems).

If you do choose to buy a flat-faced dog, you will also need to be especially carefully of where you buy puppy from. Puppy farmers are likely to take advantage of the high demand for these increasingly popular breeds. 

To find out more about how to buy a healthy, happy and responsibly bred flat-faced dog please click here.

Pedigree breed rescue dogs

Consider giving a home to a pedigree breed rescue dog. The Kennel Club Find a Rescue Dog service provides contact details for breed rescues for your chosen pedigree dog breed in your area.

If you are not able to find what you are looking for, or there are no breeders of your chosen pedigree dog breed currently listed, then you should contact the Breed Clubs. The Breed Club secretaries can provide you not only with expert advice on your particular breed of interest, but put you in touch with other societies who may be able to help you with your search. Breed Club contact details can be found on the right of the page when you search the Find a Rescue Dog service.

Non-shedding breeds of dog

For those owners who wish to buy a dog which is less likely to shed its coat, one of the non-shedding breeds listed may be a suitable choice.

What is a pedigree dog?

A pedigree dog is the offspring of a dam and sire of the same breed, which is eligible for registration with a recognised club or society that maintain a register for dogs of that description. All pedigree dogs carry a breed standard - a picture in words that describes each breed of pedigree dog - for their likely character and health needs. Consider what job your intended breed was designed to do, and whether you can cope with the innate behaviour that will accompany it.

All pedigree breeds are divided into seven Breed Groups. Before even looking for puppies for sale, do search our Breed Information Centre to find out more about each breed, their personality and needs.

Crossbreed dogs

In addition to the pedigree dogs there are also crossbreed puppies for sale that you can consider. These dogs often display a mixture of their ancestors' traits. So it is important to take this into account. If you know the mix of breeds this may help but otherwise find out what you can about the parents.

Health information

You may be aware that some breeds of dog (and crossbreeds) can be susceptible to inherited disease. Of course you want to be sure that the dog you choose is as healthy as possible, and you would like to know that it has not inherited any undesirable disease-causing genes from its parents.

There is some help in that DNA tests for diseases in purebred dogs are available for some conditions in some breeds. There are also a number of clinical veterinary screening schemes that dog breeders can use to increase the probability of producing healthy puppies.

Potential dog owners should be aware that, at present, the application of various health screening results to breeding programmes is not always straightforward, and breeders may make choices for various reasons. A responsible breeder though, will always be willing to discuss relevant health issues with you. Breed clubs are often useful sources of breed-specific information.

Ensure you are covered with a lifetime policy from the Kennel Club Pet Insurance. Find out more about insurance cover levels included by visiting the Kennel Club Pet Insurance website.

Puppy colours

Before buying a puppy, learn more about colours that the Kennel Club recognises for the breed.




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