Our Puppy Pledge offers knowledge and insight for people going through the puppy buying process.
No one can resist an adorable puppy, which is why it is so important to ask all the right questions before visiting a breeder. It’s very hard to walk away from a purchase once you are holding a cute, fluffy bundle - especially if you think you are ‘rescuing’ it from a miserable environment.
It is estimated that around 770,000 puppies are sold in the UK each year and 400,000 of those puppies come from unlicensed breeders, many of whom are thought to be ‘puppy farmers’.
The welfare of puppies is a growing concern and at NAWT we’ve launched the Puppy Pledge, which calls for people to understand the dog buying process and encourages prospective owners to ask the right questions when purchasing a puppy.
If you're thinking of buying a puppy, asking one simple question about microchipping can help ensure your new pet has come from a reputable breeder and been raised with the best welfare interests in mind.
Puppies bound into our lives full of fun and a zest for life. New puppy owners love to share stories of their puppy’s antics from toilet training mishaps and chewing the school shoes to their puppy’s sudden interest in ‘landscape gardening’.
Raising a puppy is not easy, but we forgive all this because the puppy doesn’t know any better and we are already under the spell of his puppy charms. However, there is a caveat to all puppy owners, if you think puppyhood is tough, just wait until he hits adolescence.