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Buying a puppy

Buying a puppy

Buying a puppy is not as easy as you may think. There are lots of rogue puppy traders and scammers who care more about making money than caring for the puppies they sell. Read our guides to help you find your perfect puppy.

How to get a puppy

There are a number of ways to get a puppy. Read our advice on buying a puppy from a breeder and buying a puppy from a private seller. Find out how to protect yourself when looking for puppies for sale online and what your legal rights as a consumer are when buying a puppy.

What to look for when buying a puppy

Wherever you decide to get your puppy from, you’ll want to make sure they have been bred by someone who cares about their puppies and the homes they will go to. Here’s 5 things to look for when buying a puppy:

  • The puppy has been bred and raised in a family home.
  • You will be able to see the puppy with its mother in the place where it was born.
  • The breeder has started to socialise the puppy (e.g. to get them used to different people, being handled and brushed and having their paws touched).
  • The puppy is confident and inquisitive.
  • The puppy will be microchipped and wormed before going to their new home.
Buying a puppy from a breeder
Buying a puppy from a breeder

Top tips to help you find a good dog breeder

Buying a puppy from a private seller
Buying from a private seller

What you need to know if buying a puppy from a private seller.

How to choose the right breed of dog
Which breed of dog to get

How to find the perfect breed or type of dog for you and your family.

How to buy a puppy online
How to buy a puppy online

The do’s and don’t of buying a puppy online.

How to buy a puppy safely
How to buy a puppy safely

How to protect yourself as a puppy buyer.

Questions to ask when buying a puppy
Questions to ask a breeder

8 questions to ask a breeder when buying a puppy.

How to choose the right puppy
Picking a puppy from a litter

Make sure you know how to choose the right puppy from the litter.

Your new puppy's paperwork
Your new puppy’s paperwork

Find out what paperwork you should get with your new puppy

How to prepare for your new puppy
Preparing for your new puppy

What you need to do to prepare for the arrival of your new puppy.

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