How to buy a puppy

Some breeders have conditions of sale (endorsments) if in any doubts please contact the IKC

Once you have decided what breed of dog you have, buying a puppy is fairly straightforward. In order to have a dog that is registered with the IKC, it is necessary for its parents to satisfy the criteria. The papers for the new puppy must be obtained by the breeder, and it is advisable to insist that the registration and the signed transfer of ownership are given to you when you collect your puppy. One of the most important things to do is to research your breeder. Some breeds have associations who will be able to inform you about breeders that they know and trust. These are breeders who have had the relevant health tests/ DNA tests carried out on their animals. Other health tests may be needed such as eyes, elbows, patellas, and hip scores, depending on what breed you are getting, so be sure to know what you're looking for. There are some things you should watch out for. A good breeder will only breed from two healthy animals. Ask to see the mother and, if you can't, ask why this is the case. A reputable breeder will show you the mother. You should always be able to see where your puppy has been living: if you can't, that sends up real alarm bells for puppy farming. When you get your puppy it should be checked out by a vet within 48 hours. If the check proves that the animal is unhealthy, you should return to the breeder. Always check first that this is their policy. Be prepared to wait, and to do considerable research. You're going to have this dog for a long time, so it's worth waiting for a healthy animal from someone you trust.