I don’t think anyone can argue that one of the impacts of Covid and lockdown has been the increase in demand for puppies. Sadly, this has led to a huge increase in unscrupulous breeders, so its become more important for puppy buyers to ensure they buy from a responsible breeder, who not only does everything required to raise healthy pups, but also offers the right advice and support.
So where should you start? I cant imagine how daunting it must be to start your search for the right dog to join your family.
The first thing to do is research what breed is suitable to fit in with your lifestyle. Are you looking for an active dog or something a bit more laidback. Do you want a dog with a coat that needs a lot of maintenance or something with short hair and minimal grooming required. What size of dog are you looking for? Is there room in your home for a larger breed or would a smaller dog be more suitable? Once you’ve narrowed it down to a breed, check out their breed traits. Are they are noisy breed and do you live in a built up area? Are they suitable for a family with children if you have them?
Then once you’re happy with your decision, its time to contact breeders.
There are several ways of doing this. The Kennel Club have a list of Assured Breeders for each breed and you can make an enquiry via email. You can contact breed clubs and breed councils to ask if they have puppy lists or are aware of any litters planned or due from their members. Breed clubs will also be able to advise you on an acceptable price for a puppy.
The current market has seen pups being sold for enormous amounts and amazingly people are paying these prices. But good breeders won’t be asking extortionate amounts so it’s worth being patient and looking for the right one, rather than buying impulsively. You may also know somebody local with your chosen breed who you could speak to direct for help. Finally, there are several websites showing puppies for sale. I would suggest that if you are looking for a pedigree dog, then this is your last port of call as a lot of pups on these sites will not be from health tested parents, nor will they be from reputable breeders.