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Puppy Awareness Week

From 12th - 18th September, The Kennel Club will be holding Puppy Awareness Week (PAW) 2016.

PAW is an opportunity to give potential puppy owners vital information about the most responsible way to find and buy a puppy - and as a breed club we need your help to share our important message.

The issue

As part of Puppy Awareness Week, the Kennel Club is reminding people to always see the puppy's breeding environment and to see the pup interacting with its mother. The Kennel Club advises people wanting a pedigree dog to either go to a Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisation or buy a puppy from a responsible breeder, such as a Kennel Club Assured Breeder.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 10 people bought a 'mail order pup' from the internet online or from a newspaper advert, without seeing it first.*

  • Almost half of dog owners are spending more on vets' fees than they had accounted for – more than one in four people (27 percent) say that they suspect that their puppy came from a cruel puppy farm.*

  • 1 in 5 pups bought online without the pup being seen first end up with gastro-intestinal problems and 15 percent with the potentially deadly parvovirus*

  • Many people are unknowingly sold pups smuggled into the UK from puppy farms abroad*

*Figures based on survey of 2,003 dog owners carried out for the Kennel Club by Censuswide, in August 2015.

People simply do not know what to look for when buying a puppy, or how to separate the good breeders from the bad.

Show your support. Get involved in Puppy Awareness Week and help promote responsible breeders and stop puppy farming.

The Dos and Don'ts of Buying a Puppy

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