Buying a puppy
Get puppy smart
So you’ve decided to buy a puppy? How exciting for you and your family to be making the long-term commitment to get a dog.
Have you thought about what type of dog is right for your lifestyle yet? Please take a look at our advice that may help you figure out what kind of dog would suit you and your family best.
Buying a puppy from a breeder
Dealers are using the internet to their advantage when it comes to advertising and selling farmed puppies. 87 percent of puppy trade calls we get are about animals bought over the internet. Be sure to follow our tips for spotting a puppy dealers advert.
Always make sure you see mum and her pups together, and never buy a puppy if you have doubts about the breeder or situation - buying the puppy will only fund their illegal operation. Check out our top tips on finding a good breeder.
The RSPCA/AWF Puppy contract can help you avoid becoming another victim of the puppy trade.
Have you considered adopting a puppy instead? So many puppies and dogs in our care are looking for loving homes - and we’ll help match you with your perfect dog!
Taking your new puppy home
When you’ve chosen your puppy, you’ll need to get everything ready at home. Taking care of a puppy can be a bit daunting, but it can also be incredibly fun!
To help ensure that you can relax and enjoy your time with your playful companion we've put together a guide to your puppy's first year.
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