Responsible dog breeders

In this section, you’ll find:

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  • What’s a good breeder?
  • Puppy Buyer’s Guide
  • Puppy farm warning!

Getting a puppy shouldn’t be easy!

A good breeder will ask you lots of questions to make sure their animals are going to the right home.


What’s a good breeder?

Being a ‘registered breeder’ does not necessarily mean a breeder is responsible or meets good animal welfare standards.   Healthy puppies come from good breeders who:

  1. Plan ahead and aim to find good homes for every puppy they breed
  2. Provide a high standard of care and living conditions for all their dogs
  3. Are genuinely concerned about the welfare of their dogs
  4. Are open to questions and provide a complete history of the puppy
  5. Make sure that you will suit the puppy and the puppy will suit you
  6. Breed to produce happy, healthy pets, free from known genetic disorders
  7. Provide ongoing support and information to new owners
  8. Provide a guarantee
  9. Provide references on request
  10. Meet all their legal requirements

(Source: RSPCA)

Puppy Buyers Guide

To make sure the breeder is a good breeder, you need to ask the right questions before you buy.

The RSPCA Smart Puppy Buyers Guide 2012 is a MUST read if you are thinking about getting a puppy!  The guide will help you to find a puppy that is not only healthy and well-adjusted but also prevent the sale of puppies from puppy farms and irresponsible breeders.

 The Guide covers a list of questions you should ask a breeder, a definition of a puppy farm, explanation of the term ‘registered breeder’ and information on the benefits of de-sexing.

Puppy farm warning!


Puppy farms are intensive systems with breeding animals and their puppies kept in facilities that fail to meet the animals’ psychological, behavioural, social or physiological needs. As a result many of these animals have a very poor quality of life (Source: RSPCA January 2010).

Puppy farms will be reluctant for you to visit where they house their animals.  The RSPCA recommends that you do not buy a puppy from a pet shop or through an internet or newspaper advertisement without being able to visit its home, as you can’t check out the conditions in which the puppy was bred or know where it came from.






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