THINKING OF BUYING A PUPPY?

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These puppies might be dead in two weeks!

Why? - Read On

A dog is a friend for life - make sure yours has had a healthy start.
The Right Start.

DID YOU KNOW?

Each year Trading Standards receives numerous complaints from buyers of puppies that have died or become ill shortly after purchase.

Huge numbers of pedigree puppies on sale to the public from commercial outlets are bred on puppy farms and supplied by dealers either direct or through retail outlets. Commercially reared puppies are often deprived of the basic requirements that ensure a normal canine/human relationship.

 DO YOU REALISE?

Puppies reared indiscriminately and carelessly in this way are more likely to develop:

 DISEASE Parvo-virus, distemper, gastroenteritis, parasitic infection and worms.
TEMPERAMENTAL PROBLEMS Aggression, nervousness, and biting.
DIFFICULTY IN Adjusting to family life (unused to children or human
PHYSICAL DEFECTS

Handling) learning to be housetrained. bone deformity, skin problems (mange and eczema)

HEREDITARY WEAKNESSES Heart defects, hip dysplasia.

EVEN THOUGH THESE PROBLEMS MAY NOT BE APPARENT NOW, ALL OF THEM CAN CAUSE YOU HEARTACHE AND GREAT EXPENSE

CHOOSING YOUR  PUPPY

  • Consider why you want a puppy; as a family pet?  For showing?
    Think carefully about where to buy it from.  Do not just go for the first ad you see and read in your local paper.

  • Be very wary of outlets offering multiple breeds.

  • Remember advertisements can be misleading - you must do your
    homework before making any final decisions...

BUYING A PUPPY

  • When visiting the seller note the surroundings.

  •  If possible visit more then once.  A good breeder will let you do this.

  • If you are happy with the breeder but they tell you this litter is all sold be patient and be prepared to be put on the waiting list.

  • Always ask to see the Kennel Club registration papers for the puppy. Make sure that the breeders name is on the certificate.  

  •  Ask about any known health problems with whatever breed you are considering (most pedigree breeds have some inherited illness's) ask the breeder if they health screen etc and ask to see any veterinary paperwork.

  • The breeder (a good breeder) should want to know all about you and offer you back-up if you should ever need it.

To Sum Up



Check ALL paperwork read thoroughly and do not sign anything if in any doubt.

Always make sure you see the puppy with its mother. NO excuses as to why you cannot.

DO NOT BE PUT OFF

If there should be subsequent, unforeseen problems, a conscientious breeder will be prepared to help you

THE IDEAL PUPPY

A puppy purchased from a reputable breeder should come from a healthily, caring, friendly background

SUCH A PUPPY WILL HAVE BEEN

  • Regularly  wormed

  • At least part  house trained

  • Have had  contact with people i.e. socialised

  • Be in Good Health


    SUCH A PUPPY WILL BE

    • Nice to live with

    • Well behaved with a good temperament

For more advice:

hope-uk@tiscali.co.uk

 

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