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Where’s Mum? Buying a Puppy

At a click of a button on the Internet, you can now buy a puppy much like a new handbag.

However, the majority of puppies bought in this way are bred by people that give no thought to the parent’s health before breeding and are usually only breeding to earn some easy money.  The health of the puppies is also of no concern to these breeders.  Numerous buyers have ended up with very sick puppies or sadly, puppies dying from parvo disease and huge vet bills before they’ve even owned the puppy for a week.

Being Kennel Club registered does not guarantee a healthy puppy.  In some cases, puppies are sold as ‘8 or 9 weeks old’ whereas they are only 5 weeks old – far too young to be removed from mum and siblings.  Puppies are not taken away from their mum until 7 weeks old for many reasons – this time is crucial for a puppy to develop social skills with both his/her siblings and also mum.

At Foal Farm, we have seen far too many cases like this where the puppy has either had severe health problems or has been sold at only a few weeks old.  If you really want to purchase a puppy, then go to a reputable breeder that doesn’t have to advertise a litter on internet sites.  Reputable breeders do not breed unless they have a waiting list for the puppies so, although you’ll have to wait a while, you can be assured that you are not funding the horrific puppy trade.

A reputable breeder should be asking you plenty of questions, allow you to see the environment that the puppy has been born into (this should be within a house and there should be plenty of evidence that the puppies are living in the house as well as the breeder – check the garden for outbuildings) and mum should be readily available to meet and see (check temperament of mum – is she friendly, does she approach you readily, does she look like she has been nursing puppies/in whelp?).  If mum is not available to meet or the puppies look in any way ill or are living in unsuitable conditions, WALK AWAY.

It’s not only the disgusting trade of breeding and selling of puppies that your hard earned cash will support, but also spare a thought for the breeding female and the stud dog (male). Breeding bitches are kept in what is commonly termed by dog rescuers as ‘coffins’ – wooden boxes no bigger than a rabbit hutch to produce continuous litters of puppies.  What happens to these breeding females and stud dogs when they can no longer produce puppies or mate? If they are lucky, the breeder MAY ask a rescue to take the dog. If they’re not so lucky, they are euthanised as they are no longer of any use financially.  And these kind of breeders will not waste money on paying a vet to euthanise these dogs humanely.

Useful information can be found on these websites;

http://pupaid.org/ (copy and paste into web bar)