- Remember that a dog is a huge commitment
A dog requires a lot of looking after and can live for 10-15 years. Purchasing a dog will be a long term commitment.
- Select the right breed
Not all breeds will be suitable for your situation so you need to choose carefully. Use our dog breeds section to learn more about specific dog breeds and which ones are right for you. Cross breeds will inherit characteristics from two or more breeds and it can be more difficult to predict their temperment, size and health issues.
- Where to buy
When you make the decision to buy make sure you buy from a responsible seller. The RSPCA has some tips that can help http://www.rspca.org.uk/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RSPCA/RSPCARedirect&pg=buyingapuppy
- Choosing a dog or puppy
When choosing your dog or puppy here are some pointers taht can help:
- Avoid skinny dogs or puppies and those with pot bellies. These can be signs of worms or other problems
- Check for runny eyes or nose, a cough and discoloured cheeks or gums
- Check for a sore bottom or signs of diarrhoea
- Check for fleas or other parasites
- After you have made your choice
- Find out the dietary requirements of the dog or puppy. You should initially feed the puppy familiar food to help it settle.
- Puppies should be at least eight weeks old before leaving the mother and should have already received their first vaccinations
- Check for Kennel Club registration documentation where applicable
Avoid puppy farms and NEVER buy a puppy because you feel sorry for it, this will simply fuel the puppy farming trade.
If you are new to breeding or selling dogs and puppies here are some pointers that may help.
- Do not offer to deliver the puppies or meet the buyer half way. buying a puppy is a big commitment and the purchaser should show this by making the effort to come and see the puppies before purchasing.
- Make sure you receive full cleared payment before allowing the buyer to leave with the puppy.
- Make sure that when the buyer comes to collect the puppy you have everything ready. Here's a checklist of some common items:
- Kennel Club registration documents
- Insurance documents
- Vaccination documents and medical history
- Diet sheet
- A receipt for the sale which the buyer should sign. you should both keep a copy.
- Something familiar the puppy can take with it such as a favourite toy or piece of blanket.
Here is some further information relevant to advertising and selling your puppies online
- Be suspicious and ask plenty of questions. This will not put off genuine buyers
- Initiate one to one contact either over the phone or face to face to ensure that the buyer is genuine.
- Watch out for scams. The scam you are most likely to encounter is the overpayment scam where someone will contact you (usually from abroad) and offer to pay you an amount well in excess of the asking price. They usually have a seemingly good reason for doing so and ask you to send the puppy along with a refund of the difference. The payment will eith bounce or will be fraudulent so do not be tempted by these offers.
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