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I am thinking of buying a pedigree dog. What should I do?


Whatever kind of puppy you are thinking about getting, the RSPCA’s Get Puppy Smart campaign contains a lot of useful information to help you choose a happy and healthy puppy. It gives practical advice on the things you need to consider so that you can do your homework and choose the right dog for you, your family and your lifestyle.

The campaign website features a brand new animation that will guide you through the process of buying a puppy, from deciding which type of dog is most suitable for you through to selecting a happy and healthy puppy.

Look out for the fun interactive features too. These contain a lot of useful information on exaggerated physical features and inherited diseases, as well as questions to ask the breeder on the phone, and things to check when you visit the puppy.

Whether you’re thinking of getting a pedigree or a crossbreed puppy, the RSPCA and British Veterinary Association (BVA) Animal Welfare Foundation have created a puppy contract to empower puppy buyers and help them to avoid the problems that can arise from buying a puppy from an irresponsible breeder. Puppy buyers can use the information provided by the breeder or seller to make a decision on whether they want to buy the puppy they have seen.

For more information and to download a copy of the contract visit the puppy contract website.

  • Pedigree dogs

    We are greatly concerned about the welfare issues associated with pedigree dog breeding.


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