A PUPPY FROM A PET SHOP
Animal Welfare Organisations at Christmas time will remind us all that Christmas is not the right time to purchase a puppy. This is good advice. Most of us are far too busy with the extra demand and stress that can occur at this time. The addition of a new puppy, with all its special needs, is not something to be 'fitted' into the Christmas hurly burly. Puppies need lots of time and attention. Christmas, young children and puppies do not go well together. Puppies, in fact any animal, should never be considered as a Christmas present.
Reputable Breeders will advise a prospective puppy purchaser to wait until after Christmas. Reputable breeders would not even have a litter/s for sale at this time of the year. Once Christmas is over then you and your family can devote all your time and energy into choosing the right breed for you and your new puppy's well being. The time between the age of 6 and 14 weeks is very important to the puppy. Everything that he or she learns during this period - both good and bad - will effect the puppy's future, temperament, and social well being. Please remember that you will only get out what you put in. A well rounded, happy, socially accepted puppy does not come easy. So think before you purchase that cute little bundle of fur. They do not stay small and cute for long! You could, with careful looking after, have your companion for the next 12 years or more.
Pet shops and disreputable breeders (which can include) Kennel owners, or private individuals buying in puppies and selling from home i.e third parties, will sell to anyone at any time. Having purchased the puppies from puppy farms or commercial breeders they will not want to have either the burden or the expense of having the puppies over the Christmas holidays and into the New Year. As we said earlier puppies grow quickly. One week older in a puppies life is a lot in terms of the market place! This trade is all about the 'cute' factor. Unsold puppies clutter up the shop/premises. This all costs the Pet Shop License Holder - they rely on a quick turnover which keeps the profits high.
Be warned - The advertisements may not be all they seem. Avoid breeders/sellers offering numerous different breeds for sale. The seller will tell you any manner of reasons as to 'why' they have so many puppies for sale. All will sound plausible and you will have to be determined not to be taken in. All of the puppies from someone selling multiple breeds could have been bred on a puppy farm/commercial breeder. They might be selling them with Kennel Club registration, and a full pedigree detailing all the puppies parents going back several generations. There might be no papers at all with the puppies - or alternative registration, such as Dog Lovers UK. There is a trend at the moment to sell x-breeds as 'pedigree look-a-likes' with a high price to match this advertising. Also be warned that some of these places will try to make you think that some of the dogs/puppies are rescues that they have saved from being put to sleep. Whatever the story - whatever the price, which can range from £125 upwards, please be very careful. Most of these poor puppies or older dogs have been bought in. The person trying to sell you these animals is purely and simply a sales person. Trying to sell you a commodity! That's all these puppy's are to them.
Why must you be careful? - Because this is not the correct way to buy any animal. When buying, especially a puppy, the breeder should be able to help and offer you good advice from day 1. They should know the complete history of their puppies and be there for you should you need them as the puppy is growing and developing. You will not receive this from a puppy outlet. Reputable breeders DO NOT sell to pet shops!
Be Aware - Pet shops selling puppies can often be found advertising in the local papers, trade magazines and papers, on the internet, in fact they will advertise wherever they think their intended market might be looking. They might have a trade name, i.e. the shop name, or the service they call themselves. Some might not even be licensed. Some might agree to meet you in a car park, wherever, if they think they will get a sale. Telephone numbers - it might be a BT landline number, it could be a mobile. Some newspapers selling puppies this way, offer the seller a private telephone number (which makes them impossible to track) Without you realising they could even be breaking the law.
How can I tell If I am contacting a reputable breeder or not? If the advertisement you are looking at has a T at the end of it - then this means TRADE. This is a business and not really a good place to start looking for your puppy. Other ways are - if you have the name and address then contact your local Council or the Council in the area that the seller comes from to see if they are licensed with them as a pet shop. If the seller turns out to not be licensed then they can be prosecuted for operating a business of 'buying in' puppies without a pet shop license. Do be aware that even if the local Council does license a certain 'pet shop' they have no control where the pet shop purchases its puppies from. The only criteria when issuing a license is whether the premises are suitable enough for the sale of small animals. Not who, how or where the puppies originate from.
IF THIS SOUNDS CONFUSING - THEN THE SAFEST METHOD IS
STAY AWAY FROM PET SHOPS - AND ALL OTHER OUTLETS SELLING MULTIPLE BREEDS.
NEVER BUY ON IMPULSE A GOOD BREEDER WILL BE WELL KNOWN IN THE AREA. ASK!!
OLD FASHIONED - BUT SIMPLE. ALWAYS ALWAYS SEE THE PUPPIES WITH THE DAM ie MOTHER.
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