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Buying your puppy - guide
So you’ve made the decision to purchase a puppy, you have certainly come to the right place. We have thousands of people listing there litters of puppies on www.TheDogDirectory.co.uk every week. We also have hundreds of different breeds to choose from. From Chihuahua to Great Dane – their all listed here. We also pay great detail to the adverts being listed to ensure that they are from genuine breeders. We are strictly against puppy farming, anyone found to be advertising farmed puppies will have their account closed immediately. We will also contact the RSPCA (Number below) and the police if necessary.
RSPCA Cruelty line 0300 1234 999 - Please feel free to call this number if you suspect any form of puppy farming.
Finding your perfect puppy
Assuming you already know what breed you would like and have done your research into the breed your ready to start your search. You can search by breed, location, age of ad etc. When you think you’ve found the perfect pup you need to contact the breeders – this can be done via telephone, email or in person, all the details can be found in the advert.
Before you commit to any purchase you should be prepared to ask the breeders a series of questions. Although the advert should contain all the basic information you may want to ask some more in depth questions about your potential new best friend. Don’t be afraid/feel stupid about asking any question. Remember this pup will be with you for a very long time, it’s important to take your time and make sure you get the right dog. Here are some questions we recommend:-
1. Are the puppies kennel club registered?
2. What are the characherteristics of the mother and father?
3. How old are the puppies?
4. How big was the litter?
5. Is it possible to see the farther (stud dog)?
6. Are the puppies vaccinated?
7. Are the puppies wormed?
8. Have you breed this breed before?
9. Do you include a diet sheet? If yes for how long?
10. Will you be able to offer me support in the future?
Click the picture below to visit the RSPCA's puppy buying guide.
Before you buy
If you are happy with the answers the breeder gave about their litter and want to purchase one of the puppies make sure you follow these simple rules to avoid buying from a unscrupulous breeder or a puppy farmer :-
· Make sure you see the puppies first – never commit to a purchase without seeing the pups.
· Make sure you go to the breeders address – never meet in car parks or let them the breeder to your house.
· Don’t accept any reason for not having necessary papers (KC, health checks)
· Don’t take a puppy home that is less than 8 weeks old – they need their mum till this age.
· Ask to see the KC documents for the farther and mother of the pups.
A healthy puppy should not be thin and should have a nice soft shinny coat, there should be no discharge from the eyes or nose, and the ears should also be clear of thick black wax.
We also recommended that you get your vet to look at the puppy soon after purchase to make sure it is 100% fit and healthy. Ask the breeder if you can bring the puppy back if the vet doesn’t give you a clean bill of health. Any honest breeder will have nothing to hide and will welcome your offer. Please do not buy any puppies if you suspect that they are being farmed for mass profit – you will not be helping the dog in the long run. Please email me directly if you suspect anything.