Puppies for sale in your area
Are you about to fund cruel puppy farming?
Before you hand money over for a puppy, please read this. You may be about to be ripped off and unknowingly contribute to the growing puppy trade.
Farms across Europe are breeding puppies at alarming rates, in appalling conditions and transporting them to homes in the UK to sell. These normal-looking homes are a shop-front for unscrupulous puppy dealing rings who want to sell you a likely sick and traumatised animal.
We know you don’t want to fund these cruel practices. We know you want to buy a healthy, happy puppy born from a responsible breeder who truly cares for their animals. So here are our tips for avoiding and reporting unscrupulous puppy traders.
Tips for spotting a puppy dealer
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.
Read adverts carefully and look out for the tell-tale signs:
- Dealers may use the same contact number on more than one advert. Try Googling the number to see if it has been used on any other puppy adverts.
- Descriptions may have been copied and pasted and used on more than one advert - try Googling the description and see if it has been used before, word-for-word.
- Words like ‘miniature’ and ‘teacup’ can be a sign of dealers trying to capitalise on popular terms.
- Photos of the puppies may have been used on other adverts. Right click on the photo, select ‘search Google for image’ and see if it has been used on other ads.
- If the advert says a puppy has been vaccinated - check how old he or she is. A puppy cannot be vaccinated before eight weeks, so if a person is advertising a four-week-old vaccinated puppy, they are lying.
- If the puppy is advertised as having a passport, it has most probably been imported.
- We have seen dealers claim they are Kennel Club Registered to convey legitimacy - but be wary of this, ask for original documents and check with the kennel club before buying a puppy.
- Promises of “free insurance” and “puppy packs” do not mean the advert is from a legitimate breeder.
If you see a suspicious advert, please report it to us so that we can investigate.
What can I do to ensure I buy a healthy, happy puppy?
Follow our top tips on buying a puppy - which include questions for the breeder when you visit, details of the puppy buying contract and tips for when you take a new puppy home.
Alternatively, consider adopting an animal from us. Every dog comes vaccinated, microchipped, spayed/neutered and has received a health check so you know you’ll be getting a healthy, happy puppy.