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Warning signs your purchasing from a puppy farm: This topic is something I am Extremely passionate about. I can’t stress how important it is to research the breed and breeder you are looking into before going out to get a puppy.
Adopt or shop is one of the first things you need to consider. Getting a puppy might not actually be the best thing for you. When researching, honestly think if you have the time and knowledge to train a puppy, deal with teething, socialising and a whole host of responsibilities which come with having a puppy.
If you want a specific breed you can still adopt, most breeds have a rescue purely for their breed, although these are usually small operations, you could still get the breed you want. Contact the breed clubs and enquire with them.
If you are adamant that a puppy is best for you, then start looking for a breeder. your first stop should be the UK Kennel Club website. Each breed has a list of breeders, you can search nationwide or specific to your region. I would recommend searching by nationwide to get the full list.
Assured breeders have a green tick next to their name. These have to go through a process to be accredited as an Assured breeder. The aim of the Assured breeder scheme is to guarantee new owners that they are purchasing a puppy from someone who prioritises the health and welfare of the puppies they breed.
Warning sign number 1: Where are the puppies being advertised?
I would NOT recommend doing an online search such as “Bloodhound puppies for sale” this will direct you to free adds which can be posted by anyone. They will also be worded as enticingly as possible with phrases such as “KC registered parents” “Full papers” etc.
My first gripe with these adverts is that they are purposely worded with these phrases and taking full advantage of people who do not know the Kennel club process and standards. You will most likely find that the people advertising here, are not on the kennel club’s breeder list. (Always refer back to this list) Stay well away unless they are on the breeder list.
Warning sign number 2: Can you visit the breeder at their home?
It’s so surprising how many puppies are sold at events, and away from home. Even at service stations. It is so important that you see where the puppies have been living and the conditions, they live in.
If the breeder is keen on meeting anywhere but home- even if it’s very convenient for you- steer clear! Here’s a very eye-opening article from the Dogs Trust about puppy Smuggling
If you are allowed a home visit- it’s a good sign, but don’t be side tracked by the cute puppies… I know that’s what your there for, but take a good look around the surroundings, are they clean, are they safe, is mum always close by. I am a big believer in energies too, do you get a good vibe with the place you are in? are there any outbuildings which you aren’t allowed to see. Do the dogs live in the home? Check for bowls, toys and beds around the home. Just make sure you are happy that the breeder has the upmost care for their puppies. Watch how the dogs act around the owners- are they timid and scared?
Warning sign number 3: is it all about the money?
Do the breeders ask you about your lifestyle, your intentions for the puppy or anything about you?
You should be asked to fill out some sort of enquiry form with your basic information along with questions such as Why are you looking for a dog, why are you interested in this breed etc before a home visit is arranged.
The breeder may ask you these questions over the phone or if you meet at a show.
I have also created a list of questions that you should expect to be asked by your breeder.
Warning sign number 4: Are they extremely informative to your questions about the breed and breed health concerns?
Do they answer all of your questions about the breed and the lifestyle they require fully. Or are they just repeating basic information and generalising their comments. Caring and responsible breeders know all there is to know about the breed and will be very helpful and informative to all of your questions. A responsible breeder will also provide a puppy pack for you to take away with an extensive range of information from what food requirements, training tips and development stages.
Warning sign number 5: it doesn’t actually have to look like a farm
These can be residential homes which look completely normal from the outside, even staging a completely normal family. Puppy farmers can be extremely convincing to those who are uneducated about the breeds and in the whole puppy buying process
Research into breeders is the most important part of purchasing a puppy, puppy farmers rely on potential new owners to not understand the process and have no care or afterthought once you have parted with your money and are driving off with your new puppy. A responsible breeder will want to keep in touch and help you every step of the way.