Buying a Dog

A life-changing decision 

Buying a dog or a puppy is an exciting and life-changing time. To make sure the experience is as happy and trouble free as possible there are certain steps that you should take.

You can find dogs for sale just about anywhere in the UK but you need to make sure that you are buying from a responsible breeder and that you are prepared to commit the time, money and care that is needed for owning a dog. A dog is not just a one-off expense and you need to make sure you can afford all of those other costs - such as food and Vets' fees - that will be ongoing throughout its life.

Taking care of your dog

Remember, dogs need exercise, they are pack animals and need lots of love and attention - you need to make sure that you have the kind of lifestyle that enables you to provide the care and attention that your new addition will need, but most importantly you need to ensure that your family will have the time available to make sure that your dog has adequate care and attention, throughout its life.

Buying a dog: 3 essential steps

Responsible owners and breeders

Kennel Club research has shown a shocking number of people still buy puppies from disreputable sources: 1 in 3 revealed their puppies were sourced on internet sites, through social media, in pet shops and newspapers advertisements - all sources popularly used by puppy farmers.

This Do's and Don'ts video looks at the perils of the puppy farming trade, and informs them of the benefits of buying a puppy from a Kennel Club Assured Breeder, who agrees to care for their dogs' health and welfare.

How to find responsible breeders