Buying a puppy or a dog is a big decision and not one to be rushed into without the right information. From choosing a breed to making sure your pup is healthy, there is plenty to consider.
In the modern world of the internet, there are plenty of places to find pets for sale online in the UK. And for those who want to buy puppies, it’s now easier than ever. But there are some choices to be made first before you bring a new puppy home.
For example, are you looking at pedigree puppies? Do you know what breed you want? Are you looking for Chihuahua puppies, Pugs, Jack Russells, or perhaps Labrador puppies? Or maybe crossbreeds like Cockapoos (a cross between either of the Cocker Spaniel breeds and a poodle) or Jug puppies (crossing a pure bred Jack Russell Terrier with a pure bred Pug)?
Once you’ve browsed through endless lists of pups for sale, it’s time to visit that litter of stunning puppies. You may be heading to a private seller or maybe a breeder. Either way, you want to ensure the puppies have had the right checks (more on that in a moment) and that the sale is from someone who really cares about those puppies. Puppy trafficking is big business, yet cruel and unethical. If you have any concerns about a breeder you should report those concerns to the RSPCA.
Here are some questions you could ask a breeder:
Once you have your perfect puppy, the journey is just beginning. Check out this article for useful advice on collecting and caring for your new puppy.
You should also receive a Puppy Pack from the breeder when you collect your puppy. A Puppy Pack contains toys, samples, leaflets, and other useful bits and pieces for the new owner.
As mentioned above, you want to ensure your new puppy is in good health, as well as checking the parents health. However, some breeds and their crosses can be susceptible to inherited diseases. Health screening is one way that breeders can reduce the risk of passing on pre-existing conditions, so if you buy a puppy from a health screened litter, it comes with piece of mind, although doesn’t guarantee your puppy is free from hereditary conditions.
If you’re buying a pedigree dog or puppy, buying one that is KC Registered is a good way of ensuring that your new pup is a genuine pedigree. The Kennel Club are the most popular voluntary register for pedigree dogs and crossbreed dogs.
Some people don’t want the responsibility of having to train a puppy or perhaps just want to do some good by taking in a rescue dog.
Dog rehoming is another popular option for those who want a new K9 friend. The rehoming process depends on the organisation and may differ slightly between someone like Battersea Dogs Home and the RSPCA.
If you’re looking online for dogs to buy or dogs for adoption, be sure to follow similar advice to that above and ensure the dog is healthy and the sale is ethical.
The personality of breeds are more suited to some situation than other, so conduct plenty of research to ensure you choose a dog who will be happy and comfortable with your routine and life.
And here are some other popular breeds you may want to look at:
This varies a lot. Purebred dogs usually cost more, but the main cost considerations to be concerned with are the long-term ones. Consider whether you will be able to afford food, vet bills and kennel fees.
There are also dogs for free in need of rehoming that pop up sometimes too (tip: set up an email alert on Friday-Ad to inform you when certain breeds, ages and price ranges become available).
Or you could rehome a dog through someone like Battersea or the RSPCA. The prices of these two organisations range from £135 for dogs and £200 for puppies (this includes things like vaccinations, treatments and starter packs).
The default radius for searches within your area on Friday-Ad is 15 miles. However, you could change this to show ads that are 20 or 30 miles from your location. Or even search the whole of the UK if you’re willing to travel for that perfect dog or pup.
If you’re looking for stud dogs and wanting to breed puppies, please remember that it can be an expensive and time consuming experience. It also needs to be done responsibly and ethically. Please seek advice before considering going down this route.