Buying a puppy

Get puppy smart

So you've decided to buy a puppy? How exciting for you and your family to getting 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% 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 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!

RSPCA Pet Insurance

RSPCA Pet Insurance is a product that is suitable for any new puppy owner and is designed to cover the cost of veterinary fees for illnesses, injuries and other expenses associated with protecting your new puppy.

Learn more about RSPCA Pet Insurance

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.

Help to stop puppy imports

We want to see the end of puppy imports, and the UK Government does too.

Take action and email your MP to make sure they support the crucial Kept Animals Bill. 

As part of the new Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill, the UK Government intends on making changes such as:

  • Restricting the amount of puppies and dogs imported
  • Allowing both the UK and Welsh Governments to ban the import of dogs with cropped ears as well as pregnant dogs

Sponsor our dog kennels

Support the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of dogs across England and Wales by sponsoring our dog kennels. Put £6.50 a month towards our work with dogs and receive regular updates on how you're helping.

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