Choosing a Responsible Dog Breeder

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Responsible pet ownership begins the moment you decide to get a dog.

You don’t lead a very active life, so you’ve chosen a small breed that’s not highly energetic. The breed you’ve chosen requires regular grooming, so you’ve considered the extra cost on top of ongoing vet bills. You’ve done your research, that’s the right thing to do.

But have you researched a responsible breeder, and do you know what to look out for?

Whilst most breeders are genuine dog lovers who care for their pets, sadly, some  are irresponsible and engage in ‘puppy farming’ - the mass-production of puppies for profit. As a buyer, it is important you educate yourself on this issue and make sure you are dealing with a responsible breeder when buying a puppy online. 

The RSPCA’s Smart Puppy Buyer’s Guide is a must-read for anyone considering buying a puppy and takes you through how to find responsible breeders, who:

  • Ensure their puppies go to good homes
  • Provide a high standard of care and living conditions for all dogs
  • Genuinly care  for their dogs’ welfare
  • Breed healthy and happy puppies
  • Offer ongoing advice and support
  • Meet legal requirements
  • Can provide you with references on request


Download The RSPCA’s Smart Puppy Buyer’s Guide and make sure your new four-legged friend is happy and healthy.

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