The sale of puppies in pet shops

The Kennel Club is against the sale of puppies in pet shops. A pet shop does not provide an appropriate environment for the homing, even on a temporary basis, of puppies. As such, good breeders should never sell their puppies via a pet shop. Pet shops are also commonly known to be outlets through which puppy farmers sell their puppies.

In line with its position, the Kennel Club is lobbying for secondary regulations to be introduced on pet vending under the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit pet shops from selling puppies. Until such a time that the sale of puppies in pet shops can be stopped via changes to legislation, the Kennel Club would welcome the introduction of a code of practice to regulate this practice more strictly.

Last updated - November 2013

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