The week of the 12-18th of September is PAW week to promote puppy farm awareness, finding the right breed for you and educating everyone on how to distinguish between responsible breeders and puppy farms.
You may be surprised by the research carried out by the kennel club that shows:
(Above information courtesy of the Kennel Club)
We in practice are seeing these problems on a daily basis. We have had puppies that have been collected from service stations, those that are malnourished, sick with viruses and those that have arrived with foreign documentation when the new owners were told the breeder was based in the UK.
The cost of sickly puppies soars when puppies are bought from these breeding farms. Puppies from puppy farms are bred with no regard for their health and well-being and are kept in appalling, unsanitary conditions. A let us not forget the breeding bitches and studs that live there life in these awful places with no quality of life what so ever.
Please make sure that you don’t buy from a puppy farmer, or from an ill-informed and unknowledgeable breeder, who has not taken all of the steps to give your puppy the best chance in life.
Ourselves and The Kennel Club recommend that ‘ABS is Best’ and always advises people to go to a Kennel Club Assured Breeder. The Kennel Club has United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) accreditation to certify breeders on the scheme and it is the only one in the UK that sets standards for and inspects dog breeders. You can find out more about Kennel Club Assured Breeders here.
It is really important to do research into the type of dog that you are wanting to get. There are 217 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 and their lifestyle.
Take a look in the Kennel Clubs Breed Information Centre to find out which breed is best suited to you and good breeder should be more than happy to provide you with information about living with the breed.
There are also multiple rescue centres with countless dogs needing forever homes. If you are interesting in adopting there is a list of some local rescue centres below that you can call for information:
The following video reveals some of the many health and welfare problems that you could be confronted with if buying a puppy from a source often used by puppy farmers. Find out what to expect when buying a puppy from a responsible breeder, and why getting a puppy from a Kennel Club Assured Breeder is always the best option