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Puppy Awareness Week 3-9 September 2018

Research for Puppy Awareness Week has shown the shocking state of the puppy buying and selling industry in the UK – with too many people ending up with pups who are suffering from health and behavioural problems, after being bred by puppy farmers.

Puppies from puppy farms are bred with no regard for their health and well-being and are kept in appalling, unsanitary conditions. They are often sold onto unsuspecting puppy buyers, who don’t know what danger signs to look out for.

PAW aims to help puppy buyers be aware of how to find a responsible breeder, and a healthy, happy puppy.

Research carried out by the Kennel Club shows that a shocking:

Find A Responsible Breeder

The Kennel Club recommends that 'ABS is Best'  - it is the only scheme in the UK that sets standards for and inspects the premises of dog breeders (the Kennel Club has UKAS accreditation to certify breeders on the scheme, meaning it is robust and impartial) You can find out more about Kennel Club Assured Breeders here.

Watch the video below for advice on buying a puppy or visit our Top Tips For Finding a Good Dog Breeder infographic. You can also find out more about the cruel puppy farming trade here.


Get involved

Finding the right breed

There are 221 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, or visit the Discover Dogs event held at ExCeL London on 20-21 October 2018.

Click here to find a puppy, and remember to look out for the purple Assured Breeder logo.

*Figures based on survey of 2,018 dog owners carried out for the Kennel Club by Censuswide, in August 2017.