Protect Yourself And Your Puppy in the Purchasing Process

How puppy buyers can protect themselves

Once you have decided on your breed, the next step is to choose a puppy from a reputable breeder.

Beware of scam sellers and irresponsible breeders who have little regard for the health and welfare of the puppies they produce.

We know that choosing your new puppy is one of the most exciting things you will ever do but it is also an expensive and important commitment and that is why our website is designed to make the process as simple and as stress-free as possible.

With so many heart-breaking stories recently of online pet scams, it is essential that you purchase your forever puppy with confidence.

How Forever Puppy protect you

Forever Puppy is designed to help you step by step through the process of choosing, purchasing, and caring for your puppy. Here are some tips to help ensure you are buying your puppy from a reputable breeder.

Remember, never make a purchase for a puppy or dog unless you are completely satisfied that the person advertising fulfils the criteria as outlined below and that they follow the PAAG Minimum Standards

Steps you should take when buying a puppy

  • Contact the breeder.

Speak to the breeder and ask lots of questions about the puppy and the puppy’s mother and father. Beware of corresponding only via texts and emails as scam breeders will want to avoid speaking to you. Do your research on the breed first to be sure it suits your lifestyle. A good breeder will be happy to spend time chatting to you – not least to find out if you are likely to be suitable owners!

  • Visit the breeder.

You should always visit the breeder’s home to see the puppy with its mother. Beware of any advertiser who will not allow you to see the puppy with its mother. If a visit is not possible for any reason, request a video call with the breeder and make sure you are able to see Mum with her litter in the breeder’s environment.

  • Photographs and videos.

Beware of breeders who do not want you to visit their home or who are reluctant to take a video call and remember that pictures may have been uploaded from other sites and may not be genuine. These may be scammers seeking large deposits with no actual puppy to sell.

  • Take time to decide.

The breeder should be happy for you to think before you commit to a purchase. Avoid any breeder who tries to pressure you into buying. Beware of breeders asking for large deposits. 

How to choose the right puppy for you

  • Age and Microchipping.

Puppies must be at least 8 weeks old before they are able to leave for their forever homes. It is a legal requirement for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks to be microchipped. Please check that the breeder has microchipped your puppy before you take your puppy home.

Guide on puppy health and well-being

  • Paperwork.

It is important to know what paperwork to expect. The breeder should give you a puppy contract to sign which should contain both your and the breeder’s details.

You should also receive your puppy’s microchip details, information about vaccination, worming and flea treatment, along with a notification about when these treatments are next due.

You should also receive confirmation of registration with the Kennel Club if this is relevant to your puppy.

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