It’s National Puppy Awareness Week this week (8th – 15th September 2012). Too many puppies end up abandoned and homeless after their owners buy them for the wrong reasons and from the wrong places before realising that they cannot cope. The Kennel Club’s National Puppy Awareness Week tries to make sure that a dog stays with its owner for the rest of its life.
Find The Right Breed
Finding the right breed of dog to suit your lifestyle is important. There are over 210 pedigree breeds of dog and many crossbreeds as well. Pedigree dogs are the best breeds to get when you want a dog with specific characteristics and personality as they are bred to behave a certain way. Crossbreeds are more unpredictable.
Once you have found a breed to suit your situation it is vitally important that you get your puppy from a reliable and experienced breeder. Research undertaken by the Kennel Club in 2011 found that 1 in 4 people may well have bought their puppy from a puppy farm without knowing. This figure is scary. Dogs that are used to breed on puppy farms have often been abused and overused as a mother to a dangerous level. They live in dirty, crowded conditions and and the health and welfare of the puppies is not considered.
Find The Right Breeder
You can find a breeder using the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme who has agreed to follow high standards when looking after their dogs and puppies and who have been checked out by a Kennel Club inspector.
There are simple signs to look out for that will help you to sort out the good from the bad when it comes to breeders:
- Spot the signs of an irresponsible breeder
- Tell the relevant authorities of you suspect a puppy farmer
- Opt for a Kennel Club Assured Breeder or rescue dog
- Please, spread the word.
Help show your support for Puppy Awareness Week and share this post to encourage others and warn them of puppy farming.