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Buying from a breeder?

Get puppy smart!

If you've decided to buy from a breeder, and are sure it's the right decision for you, follow out top tips to ensure that the puppy you're buying is healthy and happy.

Questions to ask the breeder

Before you arrange to visit a puppy, it’s a good idea to phone and ask some questions first. Here are some examples of questions to ask a puppy breeder:

  • Did they breed the puppy?
  • Are the puppies kept where they were bred?
  • How many puppies are/were in the litter?
  • Have the puppies or their mum had any health problems?
  • Have the puppies been treated for worms or other parasites?
  • Have, or will, the puppies be given their first vaccinations before they go to their new homes?
  • Have the parents been screened for any inherited problems known to be a problem in that breed?
  • Do the puppies have any form of identification, such as microchips?

Take a look at our full range of Questions for a breeder (PDF 1.16MB) and get hints and tips of what to look for.

Visiting the breeder

When you meet the puppies, there are some important things to check:

  • Make sure the puppies mum is healthy.
  • Look for clues that the puppy was actually born there.
  • Ask to see certificates of screening for problem diseases, vaccination and microchipping records.
  • Check for any signs of illness.

When it comes to picking your puppy, try and look for the happy interactive puppy. Spend plenty of time with the dog and don't feel rushed, they'll be your responsibility for many years to come. Don't buy on the first visit. Use our Visiting a puppy checklist (PDF 1.66MB) to keep you on track.

Taking your new pet home

When you’ve chosen your puppy, you now need to get everything ready at home. You should also find a vet and book them in for a check up.

You'll need to make sure you guide and train them to develop into happy and much loved companions. This is just the beginning of the exciting adventure of dog ownership