More than a quarter of dog owners may have bought a puppy farmed dog that could suffer health and behavioural issues, the Kennel Club revealed yesterday at the launch of its first national Puppy Awareness Week.
More than a quarter of dog owners may have bought a puppy farmed dog that could suffer health and behavioural issues, the Kennel Club revealed yesterday at the launch of its first national Puppy Awareness Week (PAW), which runs until September 18.
According to results of a survey, conducted by Atomik on behalf of The Kennel Club, a worrying 44% of people are not aware of what a puppy farm is, so it is no surprise that 29% of people have bought their puppy from the internet, a pet shop or a newspaper advert — all outlets often used for selling puppy farmed puppies.
Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said: “Puppy farming is a cruel trade that treats dogs as commodities rather than living creatures. You wouldn’t buy a commodity, such as a car, from a dodgy dealer offering no MOT or service documents, but people don’t ask for the same assurances from a breeder when buying a dog.
“Our worry is that in the future even more people will be fooled by puppy farmers, who hide behind the internet, being drawn in by the knock down prices without being aware of the high cost that they will pay later. This will simply grow the abandoned dog population and result in even more suffering.
“It is absolutely vital that people go to a Kennel Club assured breeder or a rescue home and that they know what assurances and information they are entitled to when buying a puppy, or it will lead to hefty veterinary bills and heartache further down the line.”
The Kennel Club warns that people should:
- Always see the puppy with its mother, in its home environment.
- Insist on seeing all documentation, including any health certificates for the puppy’s parents. The health test results of all Kennel Club registered dogs can be viewed on the Kennel Club website.
- Beware the bargain. This probably means corners were cut elsewhere!
Puppy Awareness Week aims to bring the horrors of puppy farming to the public consciousness and highlight the important steps required when thinking about buying a puppy. It culminates in Pup Aid, a boutique music festival and dog show at Stanmer House in Brighton on September 18. The event was organised by TV vet Marc Abraham.
The Kennel Club has also created a petition to help end puppy farming on the Governments e-petition website, and hopes to reach 100,000 signatures so that it may be addressed in the House of Commons.