How to choose a puppy 

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For anyone thinking of buying a new puppy, a great new scheme from the RSPCA and endorsed by the British Veterinary Association, Dogs Trust & the PDSA should help empower you to choose the healthiest puppy from a reputable source.

Choosing a puppy should be an exciting time but there are many unscrupulous 'breeders' and dealers out there willing to exploit the bitch by overbreeding and more than happy to take your money for sickly puppies.

It breaks our hearts when we see poorly puppies bought in all good faith but suffering from disease, parasites and behavioural problems. To reduce the chances of this, we urge potential purchasers to arm themselves with as much information as possible and ask the breeder about the parents, any tests they have had before breeding (and see the certificates), their vaccination status, and ALWAYS, ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOU SEE THE PUPPY WITH THEIR MUM & LITTER MATES.

Download this puppy contract and get answers to every question. A good breeder will be more than happy to help with this. If they are not, or the answer to any question seems dubious, walk away. Speak to your vet as they will be able to help.

The puppy in this photo is Ellie's dog, Rosie and Ellie won't mind me saying that she grilled the breeder for info & updates and met Rosie at least twice before she took her home! The breeder was more than happy because he too was reassured that his puppy was going to a loving, knowledgable home.

Save yourself a lot of heartbreak and arm yourself with plenty of information. And why not consider a rescue dog? These are often those puppies bought without careful planning & now desperate for a loving new home. They will be already vaccinated, health checked, chipped and often neutered so you can get straight on with the fun stuff.



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