Preparing for Your Visit: Questions to Ask When Buying a Puppy

Preparing your visit

We do recommend you contact a Kennel Club Assured Breeder. This is a voluntary scheme promoting good breeding practices, giving prospective owners the best opportunity to bring home a healthy well adjusted puppy.

First, a few tips before you meet the breeder:

- Do ensure you know what health screening tests are recommended for your breed.
- Do make sure you have done your homework and be prepared for a breeder to not choose you if they feel that you are not right for their puppy.
- Do listen to the breeders' advice; if they say that they feel the breed that you have chosen may not be right for you then you should seriously consider taking their advice. Breed clubs are good place to get information, even non recognised breeds may have clubs which you should be able to find using Google.
- For more information, you can also download our Information Guides.

Head back to step 1 (finding a responsible breeder) and step 2 (contacting the breeder) if you've missed them.

Choosing the right dog for you (PDF)

Ask the breeder:

And don't forget to:

Important note

It is the responsibility of the breeder(s) to register the litter with the Kennel Club and each puppy in the litter will initially be registered in the name(s) of the breeder(s). The breeder(s) chooses the official Kennel Club names for all the puppies.

Under normal circumstances, litter registration with the Kennel Club takes about 14 days, after which time the breeder(s) will receive the registration certificates for all the puppies in the litter. If there is a query with the application the Kennel Club will contact the breeder to resolve and further action may be required which may delay the registration process).     

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