When it comes to adopting a new pet, none of us like to think we could be contributing to animal cruelty when we see 100s of puppies for sale, but we may unknowingly buy into the cruel puppy farming trade, simply by not knowing how to spot a bad breeder. The Kennel Club gives us their guide to spotting a good breeder, and explain the risks we take by not doing the proper research. It’s essential reading for anyone thinking of getting a new pet.
It is easy to buy a puppy from a good breeder – the Kennel Club has several thousand breeders who have signed up to the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme and who abide by a number of rules and regulations which mean they commit to breeding their dogs responsibly, implementing health tests, encouraging socialisation, providing inoculations, and more. So when you see puppies for sale, look for the Kennel Club association.
Unfortunately however, it is also easy to buy a puppy from a bad breeder. Previous Kennel Club research has found that around 1 in 3 of puppy buyers do not take the responsible actions that will prevent them from possibly buying a puppy farmed puppy. This means that potentially more than 250,000 people a year buy a puppy from a puppy farm, and with prices ranging from £200 to over £1,000, puppy farmers are making millions of pounds each year.
Puppies from puppy farms are born to overused and abused breeding bitches and kept in overcrowded, dirty conditions. Puppy farmers do not care about the health and welfare of the dogs that they breed and many end up with health and behavioural problems later in life. They breed dogs irresponsibly without regard for the health and wellbeing of the puppies or the parents, without health tests, injections, appropriate care or socialisation. Puppy farms churn out litter after litter of undernourished and badly cared-for puppies and then sell them on to unsuspecting owners through pet shops, newspaper ads, online adverts and various other means.
When looking for a puppy, look for a Kennel Club Assured Breeder. A good breeder will want to meet you and ask you lots of questions to make sure you will be the best match for their puppy, so be reassured not put off by this. Do your research and make sure you visit the breeder and see the litter before you agree to buy it; if you don’t feel happy, walk away. Never buy from a pet shop, over the internet or through a newspaper as you should always see the breeding environment and the puppy with its mother first-hand.
Importantly never buy a puppy because you think you are rescuing it. If you are worried about a possible puppy farmer, call the RSPCA or local authority. By buying the puppy you are simply fuelling the puppy farm trade and allowing the bad breeders to continue to breed sick puppies.
To help inform puppy buyers and stop the puppy farming trade, the Kennel Club runs its Puppy Awareness Week each year, with this year’s taking place from 7th – 15th September. For more information, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/paw.
PetsPyjamas are one of the proud sponsors of Pup Aid this year, who are hosting their fun dog show on the 7th of September. Pup Aid are dedicated to raising awareness of the cruel puppy and kitten farming industry, a cause that is incredibly important for all pet owners to be aware of and that we truly believe in supporting. We ask that all of our readers sign this Pup Aid petition to ban the sale of young puppies and kittens without their mother being present.