The 'Dog Breeding Stakeholder Group' (comprising of Blue Cross, British Veterinary Association, Companion Animal Welfare Council, Defra, Dogs Trust, Kennel Club, PDSA, RSPCA and the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare) have produced an excellent set of guidelines on choosing a new dog which can be viewed or down loaded by clicking here.
The Kennel Club has also developed a collection of information Guides to assist dog owners
These guides are designed to provide key information and advice about some of the different issues dog owners may face during their lifetime with their dog
For more information and access to their complete range of guides visit their web site on
or contact them on 0870 241 7304
Also the PDSA has an online tool (called 'Your right pet') to help prospective pet owners decide what sort of pet might be best for them and to discover what they must do to meet their duty of care under the Animal Welfare Act. Go to www.your-right-pet.org.uk.
If you are thinking of buying a new pet, you can find out which conditions you should be aware of at UFAW's Genetic Welfare Problems website:- www.ufaw.org.uk/geneticwelfareproblems.php
For lots of information about buying your new puppy and how to socialize it properly please visit these links: