Buying a Dog

A life-changing decision

Buying a dog or a puppy is an exciting and life-changing time. To make sure the experience is as happy and trouble free as possible there are certain steps that you should take.

You can find dogs for sale just about anywhere in the UK but you need to be sure you are prepared to commit the time, money and care that is needed for owning a dog. A dog is not just a one-off expense and you need to make sure you can afford all of those other costs - such as food and Vets' fees - that will be ongoing throughout its life.

Taking care of your dog

Remember, dogs need exercise, they are pack animals and need lots of love and attention - you need to make sure that you have the kind of lifestyle that enables you to provide the care and attention that your new addition will need, but most importantly you need to ensure that your family will have the time available to make sure that your dog has adequate care and attention, throughout its life.

Responsible owners and responsible buyers

Kennel Club research has shown a shocking number of people still buying puppies from disreputable sources: one in three revealed their puppies were sourced on internet sites, through social media, in pet shops and newspapers advertisements - all sources popularly used by puppy farmers. The Kennel Club's Do's and Don'ts of Buying a Puppy video looks at the perils of the puppy farming trade, and informs them of the benefits of buying a puppy from a Kennel Club Assured Breeder, who agrees to care for their dogs' health and welfare.


Check out the answers to this little quiz at the bottom of this page!

Buying a Dog: Three Essential Steps

Too much information can be confusing when buying a puppy. There are reams of information everywhere you turn on this very subject and some of it is perhaps a bit confusing. We want to prepare you for what to expect and ensure you are equipped to make the right decisions when buying your companion, whether it is a pedigree or crossbreed. So we have simplified things for you in 3 Steps.

At the end of the 3 steps there is also a "buying a dog checklist" which you can print off and take with you to the breeder.

Navigate through the other steps that you should take by clicking on the buttons below.
step1 >
step2 > step3
Seek out a
responsible Breeder
  Make contact
with the Breeder
for Your Visit

Please note: all relevant links will be available at the end of the 3 Steps.


Puppy Buying Guide appPuppy Buying Guide app

Thinking about buying a puppy? Download the FREE official Kennel Club Puppy Buying Guide app for helpful information, tips and a checklist for that important decision in life. Click here for more information about the app.

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