Always buy from a Kennel Club Accredited Breeder
dfs Crufts is taking place at the NEC this week and with 28,000 dogs to see over the four days it is the perfect place to start looking at how to get the right dog for you.
Buying a puppy is an important decision, not only do you need to find the right breed for you and your lifestyle but also the right breeder too. The Discover Dogs Area at dfs Crufts is a unique platform to celebrate dogs in our society and educate dog lovers about the many different breeds of pedigree dog. It provides an opportunity for dog lovers to find their perfect breed.
Just as importantly, dfs Crufts provides people with the chance to find a Kennel Club Accredited Breeder, who put the health and welfare of their dogs first and foremost.
Kennel Club Accredited Breeders have all agreed to follow basic good breeding practice. This includes agreeing to give their dogs the required health tests for their breed; permanently identifying dogs if their progeny are to be registered under the scheme; following guidelines about the maximum age and frequency of litters and providing post-sales advice to their customers. There are also many recommendations that Accredited Breeders are advised to follow and vast numbers of those on the scheme often go above and beyond these requirements. Every Accredited Breeder is confident of his or her credentials and agrees to allow a Kennel Club Breeder Advisor to check their premises
This is not to say that there are not responsible breeders who are outside of the Accredited Breeder Scheme – but there are also irresponsible breeders, who deliberately and cynically commit themselves to lower standards and who for those reasons choose not to be a part of it. By buying from a Kennel Club Accredited Breeder puppy buyers have the assurance that they are not helping to line the pockets of such breeders or risking the future health and welfare of their puppy.