Thinking of buying a pedigree dog?
Our Q&As help puppy buyers understand what ‘pedigree’ stands for, and more importantly, what it doesn’t.
What is a pedigree dog?
A pedigree dog is the offspring of two dogs of the same breed, which is eligible for registration with a recognised club or society that maintain a register for dogs of that description. There are a number of pedigree dog registration schemes, of which the Kennel Club is the most well known.
What does Kennel Club registration stand for?
The Kennel Club's registration system is simply a record of a puppy's birth. Around 250,000 puppies are registered on the Kennel Club’s breed register every year.
Does Kennel Club registered mean that I’m getting a puppy from a responsible breeder?
Being Kennel Club registered does not mean that the breeder is responsible; neither will it guarantee that you are buying a healthy, happy puppy. In fact, the Kennel Club has a second tier of registration, called the Assured Breeders Scheme (ABS), for which membership is based on breeders meeting a set of criteria that the Kennel Club deems to be an indicator of responsible breeding. There are approximately 6,000 breeders registered with the ABS, which equates to a small percentage of the total number of puppies registered with the Kennel Club every year.
How do I buy a puppy from a responsible breeder?
Before buying a puppy, pedigree or otherwise, it’s vital to do your homework first.
- using the puppy contract to give you the best chance of choosing a healthy, happy puppy.
- doing your research to ensure you're not about to fund cruel puppy farming.
- ensuring your asking the breeder the right questions throughout the process. A responsible breeder should want to know as much about you as you do about them and how they’ve bred the puppy, so they can make sure the puppy is going to a loving home.
Because many dogs have been bred to look a certain way, many suffer from serious health and welfare issues. Therefore it’s important to select a dog that’s free from exaggerated features and inherited diseases.