So, you’ve decided to give a puppy a new home and are thinking about getting a puppy from a Freeads.co.uk member. But, how can you ensure that you don’t buy from an irresponsible breeder or puppy farmer and end up having to deal with the emotional and financial turmoil that they can cause?
To help you avoid puppy farmers the RSPCA recommend calling the breeder before visiting with a prepared list of questions to help you assess the quality of a breeder. We’ve drawn up a selection of questions that you should try to ask as soon as possible:
- Can you see the puppy’s parents? It may not be possible to meet the father but you should at least see the puppy’s mother.
- Will the breeder take the puppy back if you are no longer able to take care of it.
- How many dogs does the breeder own and how often are they bred?
- Is the breeder KC registered? If they are ask to see their certificate when you visit.
- Have the puppies been socialized with other dogs and animals?
- Have the puppies been brought up around, or socialized with, young children
- Does the breeder provide a health guarantee their puppies? If so for how long?
- What tests have been carried out on the puppies and on the parents? This is particularly important for pedigree dogs which can suffer from a range of health problems.
- Have the puppies been wormed and vaccinated? Make sure to check the veterinary records when you visit.
- Arrange a visit. If the breeder is reluctant for you to visit the puppies this should be a concern. Most responsible breeders should insist upon you visiting and should also have questions for you to make sure you are capable of looking after the dog.
A phone call is still no substitute for a visit and you should always visit the breeder’s home before agreeing to purchase a puppy. If possible you should visit the puppy more than once before taking it home.
Remember; never buy a puppy because you feel sorry for it. Buying a puppy out of pity will only lead to more animals suffering. If you are concerned for an animal’s welfare please contact the RSPCA.
For more tips on choosing a puppy check out the RSPCA’s GetPuppySmart campaign.
Good luck finding your perfect pet!
The Freeads Team