Buying a puppy |Where to buy a puppy | Blue Cross (2023)


  • How much is a dog?
  • Is a puppy right for you?
  • Would an older dog suit you better?
  • Where should you get a puppy from?
  • How to choose a trustworthy breeder
  • Puppy health: Pedigree vs crossbreed
  • How to spot a good breeder
  • Signs of a bad breeder
  • Questions to ask when buying a puppy
  • What to buy a puppy
  • What to look for when you meet your puppy

There are many dogs in rehoming centres looking for a loving home, so speaking with your local centre is always a great place to start. Not only will you be giving a home to a pet in need but you will also be helping free up a space for us to help another dog without a home.

However, we appreciate that you can't always get the puppy you want from an animal charity. So, if you decide you would prefer to buy a puppy, then here's a guide to help you find the right one for you.

How much is a dog?

Animal charities like ours rehome hundreds of dogs every year looking for loving homes. We also often have puppies available,so speaking with your local centre isa great place to start.

Cost of rehoming a dog from us:

  • Puppy, less than six months old: £400
  • Puppy, six to 12 months old: £300
  • Dog, one to five years old:£250
  • Dog, five years and older:£200

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What if the dogI want isn't available in an animal charity?

With the average upfront cost being anything from£400 - £3000, buying a puppy can be expensive. However, we appreciate that you can't always get the puppy or dog you want from an animal charity. So, whichever route you decide to take when getting a puppy, it’s important you do your research and decide whether you’re ready for the commitment and whether you canafford all the coststhat come with raising a pup.

Is a puppy right for me, right now?

If yes, you will need to consider whether you will continue to be around throughout the day for the duration of your dog’s life. Not just to settle them in.

If not, you could look to make arrangements for someone trustworthy to be there when you aren’t.

If you work in a job where you will be away from the house 9.00am to 5.00pm without being able to take your pet with you or find someone who can spend time with the puppy during the day, we would recommend reconsidering whether this is the best time for you to get a dog. Dogs are social animals and need companionship, so aren't suited to being left for long periods of time.

Can you afford it?

The average pup can cost anything from £400 to £3,000 upfront. You’ll also need to consider the cost of:

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  • dog food
  • toys
  • annual check-ups
  • vaccinations
  • flea and worm treatment
  • dog-sitters
  • pet insurance
  • ill-health or emergency vet treatment

Do you like a challenge?

Puppies are brand new to the world and they don’t know right from wrong. You’ll need to teach them everything you want them to know. From how to go to the loo outside to being a well behaved dog around other pups.

They need positive encouragement and patience to help them learn how to be a good member of the household. It won’t be easy, but it will be rewarding!

Will you be a responsible dog owner?

There are laws around dog ownership, as well as things you can do to help make sure your pet is a good member of the community. You’ll need to train your puppy to behave around people and other animals, pick up after them, and make sure they are never out of control or allowed to harm anyone.

Is everyone in your family keen?

Owning a puppy is hard work and they learn faster if everyone has the same house rules and uses the same words and actions for training. Everyone needs to be committed.

What breed or crossbreed is best for you?

Dogs were developed to have different jobs, so some breeds suit some lifestyles better than others. Check out our advice to find out which dog breed is right for you.

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Would an older dog suit you better?

Adding an adult dog to the family will suit some people better than taking on a young puppy. If you’re new to dog ownership, an adult dog may give you the best introduction.

Benefits of an older dog

  • Depending on their age, older dogs will be out of the whirlwind puppy phase
  • Most adult dogs are already housetrained
  • Some will have basic training such as walking nicely on lead, good recall and knowing when to settle, and they will be less likely to keep you up all night
  • Adult dogs’ personalities are already formed
  • If you’re looking for nice long walks from day one, an adult dog will be better suited. Puppies need to wait several months before they are ready for this level of exercise.

Benefits of rehoming an adult dog from Blue Cross

  • Our expert team, who have assessed the dog, can give you a much clearer idea of your pet’s personality and the type of home that would suit them best
  • You will have the added peace of mind that we have matched you to a dog that we feel suits you and your lifestyle
  • We will give you advice on how your dog may react in certain situations which will help you in managing your day-to-day dog ownership
  • You’ll be giving a much-needed home to a pet that really needs it

Tip: Taking your children with you the first time you meet a puppy will make it harder to say no if they’re not the right fit. We recommend taking your children on second or third meets once you've committed.

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Where to buy a puppy

We rehome thousands of pets a year and treat animals that have got into difficulty with unexpected illnesses or unwanted litters. So it won’t come as a surprise that we would encourage you to consider the benefits of rehoming a dog.

If you do decide to get a puppy, the best thing you can do for them and your family is to make sure you give your new pet the best start in life, and that begins with choosing a trustworthy and caring breeder who has the pup’s best interests at heart.

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Getting a puppy from a rescue centre

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Puppies and pregnant bitches often find themselves in rescue. They are frequently given up or abandoned when the person using them for breeding or selling them is unable to give them the care they need.

Like us, good rehoming charities will:

  • give a puppy a full vet check and behaviour assessment to make sure the puppy is going to the best home for them
  • provide the basic training they need to get the best start in life
  • offer ongoing support for the life of your dog, should you ever have any problems
  • rehome a puppy based on their individual needs, so you’ll be well matched from the beginning
  • will take your dog back and find them a new home should your circumstances change and you are no longer able to keep them
  • rehome dogs and puppies to families with children of all ages, with cats, other dogs, and without gardens, if the pup and the family are the right match

Finding the right dog for you might take time. But it will be worth the wait!

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Choosing a trustworthy breeder

Since 6 April 2020 it’s been illegal to sell a puppy or kitten under six months old that you have not bred yourself. This doesn’t apply to animal rehoming charities, like us, who will continue to be there for animals who need us.

There are lots of people out there who make large sums of money by selling puppies that have been poorly bred, often in terrible - and even cruel - conditions. Unfortunately, these unscrupulous breeders and sellers can be tricky to spot, as some will go to great lengths to convince you they care about the puppy.

Thankfully, there are lots of people out there who have decided to have a litter because they have a passion for a particular breed or want others to get the same enjoyment they have had from dog ownership.

Avoid puppy farms

Puppy farms are large-scale, factory-style breeding facilities. They cannot provide the right environment to ensure a puppy is happy, healthy and will become a good family pet.

Breeding parents suffer in these places too, and once they are no longer any use, they are often dumped or killed. Get clued up on the signs of a bad breeder and don’t fund this cruel industry.

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What to think about when choosing between a pedigree vs a crossbreed

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and there are literally hundreds of breeds to choose from – even more if you count crossbreeds.

Pedigree puppies

Years of refining breeds have inevitably led to dogs with pools of very similar genes. This means that health problems are inherent in some dog breeds, which can cause them discomfort and suffering. A number of these problems are preventable if breeders use genetic tests to select the healthiest mums and dads-to-be.

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Crossbreed puppies

Crossbreeds are often thought to be healthier because of what’s called ‘hybrid vigour’. This is the idea that crossbreed dogs are genetically healthier and only the healthy genes win the race. While there is some truth in this, there is also a risk that the bad genes from both parents could be passed on to their puppies. If you’re buying a cockapoo, for example, insist on a breeder who has screened both the cocker spaniel parent and poodle parent for the problems inherent in both their species.

Research, no matter what the breed

If you want a puppy with the best chance of a healthy and happy life, research the genetic problems within the breed and make sure you choose a breeder who health tests for hereditary problems. If the breeder doesn’t do this, then choose another breeder who does.

You will pay more upfront for a puppy from a health screened litter, but it will help you avoid the financial and emotional costs of your pup developing a preventable disease.

Do genetic screenings catch everything?

No, genetic screening tests don’t exist for all conditions. And some problems are ingrained in certain breeds. However, some problems can be detected from examining a dog physically, for example by looking at facial shape.

Sadly, 50 per cent of Cavalier King Charles spaniels have a heart murmur by the age of five, and brachycephalic dogs, including pugs, English bulldogs, French bulldogs and Boston terriers have been bred to have flat faces. Their flat faces means they suffer from breathing difficulties and other problems which can limit their ability to enjoy a happy life. In breeds like these, even a good breeder won't be able to produce a truly healthy litter.

If you decide to get a breed that suffers from a genetic disease, be prepared for the costly vet bills. This could include needing one or more operations during their lifetime and any costs for any additional care.

Flat-faced dogs

We are seeing increasing numbers of flat-faced dogs with breed-related issues that require owners to take a lot of extra care of their pets, and we would seriously recommend reconsidering getting a puppy of these breeds.

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How to spot a good breeder

Before you take your puppy home a good breeder will:

  • give lots of information in an advert for selling the puppies
  • have a waiting list for puppies
  • encourage you to meet your puppy several times before taking them home
  • have a clean and safe area in their home for puppies and their mum
  • ask you lots of questions about why you want a puppy - be prepared!
  • want you to ask lots of questions about them and their puppies
  • give you their vet’s details so you can ask the vet questions about the litter and parents
  • not let you take the puppy home until they’re old enough to leave mum, at least eight weeks

When you visit or collect your puppy they will:

  • give you a contract that promises to take the puppy back if there are any problems
  • keep in touch after you’ve taken the puppy home – ask them if they are still in contact with previous litters
  • have the puppies microchipped before you take them home (this is a legal requirement, unless they have a certificate signed by a vet)
  • encourage you to meet other members of the litter’s family so you can be sure about temperament
  • be able to tell you all about the socialisation they’ve been doing, eg taking them in the car, meeting lots of people of all ages, meeting other animals, playing etc
  • have started housetraining the pups by the time they are old enough to leave
  • give evidence of relevant health testing, if needed. Some breeds and crossbreeds should have genetic testing to rule out inherited disease.
  • provide pet insurance for the first few weeks to cover illness

Why socialisation in puppies is so important

A breeder should also make sure that a puppy gets the right socialisation between three and 12 weeks. This will make sure that they're less afraid going into new situations and less likely to develop behaviour problems in future.

Ideally, a breeder should positively introduce a puppy to the following:

  • dogs, and other animals eg cats, horses and livestock (if appropriate)
  • going outside
  • travelling in the car
  • visiting the vet
  • different noises, including normal household noises (vacuum cleaner, washing machine)
  • various smells
  • people of all ages and appearances
  • people wearing different clothing, eg hats, uniforms etc
  • Care must be taken to ensure puppies don’t mix with unvaccinated dogs when they are susceptible to illness.

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How to spot a bad breeder

A bad breeder will:

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  • give very little information in an advert, eg one or two sentences
  • not let you, or make excuses about why you can’t, meet the puppy’s family members including mum and littermates
  • offer to meet you in a public place such as the street, a service station or railway station to hand over the puppy. Or, offer to drop the puppy off at your home.
  • not let you meet the puppy or mum before you take the puppy home
  • get a puppy from abroad. These poor puppies have been transported hundreds of miles at a very young age. Not only does the travel have a negative impact on the puppy’s welfare, but you will have no way of checking the environment the litter and parents were kept in. You also run the very real risk of funding a cruel and illegal industry. If you are concerned, contact Trading Standards and the RSPCA. It is illegal for puppies under 12 weeks to be imported, and bad for their welfare.
  • be unable to provide proof of vaccination, worming, health certificates etc
  • be unable to give you information about, or proof of, relevant genetic health testing
  • not provide a genuine vet’s contact details
  • not have the puppy microchipped (this is a legal requirement before the pup goes to a new home)

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Questions to ask when buying a puppy

  1. Will the puppies come vaccinated, microchipped and wormed with the relevant health certificates?
  2. Have any of the puppies been poorly or had any ongoing health concerns?
  3. Can you see all of the litter and interact with them?
  4. Are you able to see the puppy with their mum? Ask about dad and any siblings too.
  5. Where do the puppies and mum sleep at night and do they have regular human contact throughout the day?
  6. What training and social interactions have the puppies had so far? Will your pup have started toilet training before you take them home?
  7. Is your puppy Kennel Club registered (pedigree dogs only)? If so, can they provide the relevant certificates?
  8. If you’re buying a breed that suffers from inherited health problems, can the breeder provide evidence of screening for these?
  9. If there are any problems, will the breeder take the puppy back?

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What to buy a puppy

There's always lots to think about when preparing for your puppy. So, we have a full puppy checklist for you to check out to make sure you get all the essentials in before they arrive.

Puppy health check

What to look for when you meet your puppy

  • You should see your puppy with their littermates and their mother several times if possible, but at least twice before you take your pet home
  • Watch mum and puppies interacting together to make sure they are happy. If they don’t appear happy, or if you’re not allowed to see the litter with their mum – walk away.
  • Is the mum a happy relaxed dog, not fearful, and comfortable in the presence of people? Parental influences have a big effect on future character.Pick up and play with your puppy. This is great socialisation.

Tip: Take a blanket to leave with your pup. This will smell of them and their litter when you bring them home, and comfort them for their first few nights away from mum.

Signs of a healthy puppy

  • Bright eyes - no weeping or discharge
  • Clean nose - no discharge or sign of sores
  • Shiny and clean coat, with no sign of flea dirt. They shouldn’t smell bad.
  • Clean teeth
  • Clean ears - no redness, discharge or dirty, thick wax
  • Clean bottom - no sign of diarrhoea or worms
  • Neither skinny (though some breeds are slim), with the bones visible or easy to feel, nor too fat

Puppy vaccinations

All puppies, regardless of breed, should have their first vaccination between six and nine weeks of age, and their second at 10 to 12 weeks.

Puppies are vaccinated against:

  • canine distemper
  • hepatitis
  • parvovirus
  • leptospirosis

Your breeder should sort out the first vaccination. Make sure you get the vaccination card (check that it’s been signed by the vet) so your own vet can give the second.

Pedigree paperwork

  • Purebred puppies will come with a pedigree certificate from the Kennel Club, the body that registers pedigree dogs in the UK. These tell you that the dog you have bought is the breed the seller says it is.
  • A Kennel Club registration certificate is simply a record of a dog’s birth - it doesn’t guarantee puppy health or that the breeder is responsible
  • A pedigree certificate displays a dog’s family tree
  • If you see the phrase ‘KC registered litter’ on an advert, this simply means that the birth has been registered. Sometimes, an advert might say the puppy 'comes with papers'.
  • The Kennel Club also runs an Assured Breeder Scheme. Breeders who register with this scheme are inspected by the Kennel Club and must meet certain standards, including screening mums and dads for relevant genetic problems.
  • Beware of fake pedigree certificates. We often see certificates that look credible but aren’t. You can check a puppy’s pedigree with the Kennel Club to ensure it’s genuine.

Regardless of whether or not your puppy has pedigree paperwork, we recommend doing your homework and making sure you are happy with the breeder before committing to purchasing a pup from them.

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What is the most ethical way to buy a puppy? ›

Find a responsible breeder and visit the premises

You should never buy a puppy without seeing where the dog and their parents were raised and housed with your own eyes, no matter what papers the breeder has.

What are red flags when buying a puppy? ›

They won't show you where they keep their dogs

Consider it a red flag if the answer to any of the following questions isn't yes: Are the premises clean? Do the premises smell clean? Do the other animals on the premises appear happy and well-fed?

What is a good answer to why you want to adopt a dog? ›

The number one reason to adopt a dog is that you will be saving his life. Many shelters are overflowing with dogs and cats, they sometimes have to turn away animals simply because they do not have enough room. So when you adopt your dog, another one can take his place.

What to do if you regret buying a puppy? ›

A shelter or rescue might be able to take your puppy off your hands, or allow you to keep your puppy as a foster until they can help you find a new home for them. Shelter and rescues have networks of potential adopters and usually have protocols to ensure that your puppy is going to a good home.

How do you know if someone is scamming you for a puppy? ›

What are the Red Flags?
  1. No phone calls. The seller prefers to handle communication by email and not the phone. ...
  2. Copycat or stock photos. Photos of the dog or ad text can be found on multiple websites. ...
  3. Sketchy payment. ...
  4. Price is too good to be true. ...
  5. Breeder “badges.” AKC does not distribute badges to breeders.
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How do you know if a puppy is legit? ›

Ask if the breeder is a member of an AKC-affiliated club and contact that club to verify membership or check recent listings of available AKC Litters from breeders. You can also check with the BBB ( and the AKC (919-233-9767) to see if there are any complaints about the breeder.

What to watch out for when buying puppies? ›

There are two main areas to focus on: physical health and behavioral health (personality). One of the things you pay a breeder for is their effort to minimize the likelihood that your puppy will end up with genetic problems found in the breed. A simple example is hip dysplasia in German Shepherds.

How do I pass my dog adoption interview? ›

Provide as many details as possible about your living situation, family experience and how you plan to care for the animal. Explain your previous experience with raising an animal, including training and exercise regiments. The more information you're able to provide, the better you'll look on your application.

What is a good reason to adopt? ›

Adoption gives children a chance to lead normal, healthy, happy lives. When children age out of foster care without having been adopted, they are more likely to experience homelessness, drop out of school, and struggle in their careers and personal lives.

How do you answer an adoption question? ›

How to Answer This Tough Adoption Question from Your Child
  1. Use positive adoption language. The words you use to talk about your child's adoption story matter. ...
  2. Answer honestly. ...
  3. Keep it age-appropriate. ...
  4. Talk to their birth family if possible. ...
  5. Be reassuring.
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Can I return a puppy I just bought? ›

Generally, the buyer can return the dog and get a refund, return the dog and select a new dog, or keep the dog and get some compensation for veterinary expenses. The time frame and remedies available depend on the specific state's law (ten to fourteen days is the usual).

What is the hardest puppy age? ›

Stage 5: Adolescence (6 – 18 months) This can be the most difficult time during a puppy's development – adolescence. Your cute little puppy is becoming a teenager and will start producing hormones which may result in changes in behaviour.

Is it OK to return a puppy? ›

Reputable breeders who genuinely care for their pups should be willing to take an unhealthy puppy back and give it the necessary vet care needed. If you have had your puppy for a while and are facing personal circumstances that make it necessary to rehome your dog, it is still imperative to reach out to your breeder.

What questions to ask when buying a puppy from a breeder? ›

Important Questions to Ask a Breeder
  • Are the puppy's parents “certified”? ...
  • What are the individual sizes of the puppy's parents? ...
  • Can I meet the entire litter? ...
  • Can I meet the dog's parents? ...
  • What preventative care do you provide to the parent dogs? ...
  • Have the parent dogs had health problems? ...
  • How old are the puppies?
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What is the safest way to buy a puppy? ›

The safest way to find a puppy is not to source your puppy through an online advertising website. Seek recommendations from your local vet, approach local dog clubs, look for established breeders with a proven history and good reputation, or consider getting your puppy or dog from a re-homing centre.

Is it normal for a breeder to ask for a deposit? ›

Following an accepted puppy application, most breeders require a deposit to hold a puppy or to hold your spot in line if there is a waitlist. Most often this deposit is nonrefundable. Finally, many breeders require further payments once your puppy is older.

How do you tell if a breeder is a good breeder? ›

Check that the breeder is affiliated with the local and national breed clubs and a national kennel club (such as the AKC). Most importantly, make sure you visit the breeding facility and meet the puppies' parents (mother at least).

Is it better to have a male or female dog? ›

Female dogs tend to be easier to housebreak, easier to train, and more connected with their owners—but in certain circumstances they can be more demanding of attention. Aggression can be a problem in any dog of any breed, however it is usually more apparent in non-neutered males.

Should I get a male or female puppy? ›

If you have lots of people in and out for gatherings or like to take your dog into public places, a female may be the best choice. If you have several dogs or intend to add to your canine family, a male may be a better fit. Females tend to have more problems with anxiety and phobias.

What is the easiest dog to potty train? ›

#1 – Border Collie

Border Collies are one of the smartest dog breeds, making them also one of the easiest dogs to potty train. They have natural herding instincts and can start herding sheep with little to no training. So, with plenty of kindness and praise, you can teach them basic concepts in no time.

Which puppy to pick from a litter? ›

Selecting (or having the breeder select) the puppy who is neither first or last when called, is neither shy nor a bully with littermates, and is neither outstanding or underwhelming in the litter will often be the best match for a happy family: easy to train, travel with, manage, and adapt to your daily life.

What is the best month to get a puppy? ›

If you could pick an opportune time for getting a puppy, it would be spring or early or late summer. The weather is mild to warm, making for more opportunities for your puppy to potty train, explore the outdoors and interact with humans and other animals.

How much money should you have before getting a puppy? ›

In the first year alone, your new best friend can cost between $700 and $2,000 excluding any special needs, such as dog walking, pet insurance, and grooming, which can raise the cost by more than $7,000.

How do you tell if a puppy will be a calm dog? ›

Signs of docile behavior
  1. Neither bossy nor shy.
  2. Plays and interacts happily with siblings.
  3. Doesn't steal toys or get into fights. May share or fight to get a toy back.
  4. Shows submissive behavior to more dominant pups but rarely dominates shy/timid ones.
  5. Likely to stay close to his momma or in the middle of the pack.

How do you tell if a puppy is dominant or submissive? ›

Dogs with higher dominancy levels will approach standing high and proud, ears perked. While this looks adorable, keep in mind this is how a dominant dog carries himself. A submissive dog will hold his head low, ears back, and slink himself down, trying to look smaller.

Is the biggest puppy in the litter the best? ›

Should I choose the fattest puppy? The biggest or fattest puppy in the litter can turn out to be the greediest one - he probably pushed the other puppies away to get the most food. The smallest one often can't fend for itself and consequently doesn't get enough food.

What do you wish you knew before adopting a dog? ›

Things I wish I'd known about adopting a dog
  • Research breeds before choosing a dog. ...
  • Get ready to sacrifice your time. ...
  • If you have kids, schedule a home visit before adopting or buying. ...
  • They can cost you — a lot. ...
  • Puppy training is tough stuff. ...
  • They become a part of the family.
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Is dog adoption regret normal? ›

It's normal — especially for first-timers — to feel a bit overwhelmed. If you're questioning your decision or wondering how to cope with feelings of anxiety, regret, or guilt, please understand that these feelings are quite common and they almost always pass with a bit of time.

What happens the first week after adopting a dog? ›

During the first three days after adopting your dog, you are still in your introductory period. You cannot expect your new pup to be your best friend yet, as they will still feel overwhelmed and unsure about what is going on. During this time, it is common for newly adopted dogs to be antisocial or even miss meals.

What is the best age for adoption? ›

The average age of a child in foster care is 7.7 years. While babies are often adopted very quickly, the adoption rates of children over 8 decrease significantly. When a child reaches their teens, the rate drops even more. Most children in need of adoption are between the ages of 9 and 20.

What is the right age to adopt? ›

What are the age requirements to adopt a baby? For domestic and international adoptions, the age of the prospective parents must be legal age, which is 21 years or older. In the US there is usually no age cutoff, meaning you can adopt a child as long as you are 21 or over.

What should you not do when adopting? ›

Mistakes to Avoid Making When Adopting
  1. A Lack of Legal Assistance. ...
  2. Failing to Respect the Birth Family. ...
  3. Not Knowing the Rules. ...
  4. Failing to Do Your Homework. ...
  5. Becoming a Victim to Scams.
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What causes an adoption to fail? ›

An adoption may fall through due to paperwork being incorrect, documents not being processed, birth parents or adoptive parents changing their minds, or multiple other reasons. Some counties are now allowing children to say whether or not they would like to be adopted.

Why would you be rejected for adoption? ›

Adoption is usually prohibited for any person who has been convicted of felony child abuse or neglect, drugs or alcohol abuse, or domestic violence. Prior to a home study process, you and your partner will be subject to background checks to determine if any of this applies to you.

Is it ethical to buy a puppy from a breeder? ›

Buying a Dog From a Breeder Isn't Morally Wrong

Families who need a dog to perform a specific task or desire a specific temperament, size, etc. are a good candidate to adopt from a reputable breeder.

What is the most ethical way to adopt a dog? ›

"It's always a good bet to adopt from your local shelter or rescue group," says Holly Sizemore, chief mission officer of Best Friends Animal Society(Opens in a new window) "We've seen tremendous progress over the years in saving more lives but there's still around 300,000 cats and dogs being killed in our nation's ...

Is there such thing as an ethical dog breeder? ›

Responsible breeders care about the welfare of all dogs, which they demonstrate by: Altering pets prior to sale or securing a commitment from the owner to spay or neuter (if health or age prevents altering at the time of sale) and following up to ensure that the surgery is done.

How do you not get scammed by puppy breeders? ›

Getting scammed could happen to anyone, but there are things you can do to protect yourself.
  1. Connect with legitimate sellers. ...
  2. Get to know breeders or rescues. ...
  3. Don't pay upfront. ...
  4. Use credit cards for payments.
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What questions to ask a dog breeder when buying a puppy? ›

Important Questions to Ask a Breeder
  • Are the puppy's parents “certified”? ...
  • What are the individual sizes of the puppy's parents? ...
  • Can I meet the entire litter? ...
  • Can I meet the dog's parents? ...
  • What preventative care do you provide to the parent dogs? ...
  • Have the parent dogs had health problems? ...
  • How old are the puppies?
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What should you not say to a breeder? ›

Don't use commodified terms – like “stock” or “product”. Don't expect to turn up, pay money, and get a puppy. That is not how the process works. We don't need to get the puppy 'off our hands', so don't bargain or haggle.

What is the difference between a backyard breeder and a responsible breeder? ›

There's a big difference between a Responsible Preservation Breeder and an irresponsible breeder. Sometimes referred to as “Backyard Breeders”, irresponsible breeders breed dogs without much effort in breeding selectively, and are generally doing it to make money or simply for the experience of raising puppies.

What do breeders do with returned dogs? ›

Not every breeder's contract is the same, but the most common way for breeders to structure the return or rehoming of a puppy is to refund the buyer based on what the breeder is able to resell the dog for minus any costs incurred such as transportation or boarding.

Why buy from a show breeder? ›

A show breeder cares more about producing a beautiful, healthy, long lived, gentle dog than about the money they receive from the puppies. In fact, the average show dog with genetic clearances, health checks plus the expenses of showing the dog far outweigh any money ever received for puppies.

What is the 3 3 3 rule for adopted dogs? ›

Whether you rescue an older dog or a puppy, a lot of dogs tend to follow the 3-3-3 rule when getting acclimated: 3 days of feeling overwhelmed and nervous. 3 weeks of settling in. 3 months of building trust and bonding with you.

What dogs are least likely to be adopted? ›

Adopting A 'Less Adoptable' Dog
  • Black Dog Syndrome. Most experienced shelter workers will tell you that black dogs are often adopted less than any other coat color. ...
  • Big Dogs. That brings us to the “big”-dog factor. ...
  • Senior Dogs. ...
  • Pit Bull Breeds. ...
  • Disabled Dogs.
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How can I avoid getting scammed for my dog? ›

Steps to follow to avoid being scammed
  1. Research the breed. Before purchasing a dog, especially if it's a more expensive or rarer breed, be sure to do your research. ...
  2. Reverse search the image of your dog. ...
  3. See the pet in person. ...
  4. Check
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How do you tell if a breeder is a puppy mill? ›

How to Tell if Your Dog Is from a Puppy Mill
  1. They Don't Know, or Don't Share The Puppy's Parents. ...
  2. The Breeders Won't Let You See The Kennel. ...
  3. They Focus on More Than One Breed. ...
  4. They Don't Ask You to Sign Paperwork. ...
  5. They Offer The Puppy When It's Too Young. ...
  6. The Pup Hasn't Had Its Shots.
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How do you trust a dog breeder? ›

Check that the breeder is affiliated with the local and national breed clubs and a national kennel club (such as the AKC). Most importantly, make sure you visit the breeding facility and meet the puppies' parents (mother at least).

What makes someone a backyard breeder? ›

A backyard breeder is an amateur animal breeder whose breeding is considered substandard, with little or misguided effort towards ethical, selective breeding.


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