Are you ready for a dog?

Will you be able to care for a dog and give them a happy, healthy life? Find out if you're ready to take on the responsibilities that come with dog ownership, and learn how to find the right dog for you.
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Are you ready for a dog?

Only 10% of people told us that they checked if their puppy was suited to their lifestyle before buying. Are you ready to be a dog owner?

Are you ready?
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Finding the right dog

So, you've confirmed that your home and lifestyle are suited to owning a dog. Next, it's time to decide what type of dog would be best for you.

Find the right dog
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What is a pedigree dog?

A pedigree dog is one with parents of the same breed, who are registered either with The Kennel Club or a recognised club or society.

Pedigree dogs
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What is a crossbreed?

A crossbreed dog's parents are of two different breeds, or a mixture of several breeds. They often display a mixture of their parents' traits.

Crossbreed dogs
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Flat-faced puppies

Despite their popularity, many brachycephalic dogs may be affected by a health problems that are linked with their body shape.

Flat-faced dogs
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Vulnerable breeds

These native British or Irish breeds are at risk of disappearing, simply because people don’t know they exist or they're not fashionable.

Vulnerable breeds
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Finding a good breeder

It's important to buy from a responsible breeder, so you can be sure that your puppy is happy and healthy.

Find a breeder
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Avoiding puppy farmers

Puppy farmers produce many puppies in poor conditions, with little consideration for health or welfare.

Avoid puppy farmers
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Rare and unusual colours

Before deciding to buy one of these ‘rare’ coloured dogs, there are some things you need to know first.

Unusual colours

Useful resources

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Find a Puppy

Ready to buy a dog? Why not use our Find a Puppy service to discover the ideal four-legged friend for you.

Find a puppy
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Find a Rescue

Rehoming a rescue dog is very rewarding. Find a rescue dog for sale near you.

Find a rescue
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Find an Assured Breeder

Our assured breeders scheme recognises breeders who prioritise dog health and welfare.

Find an Assured Breeder