Having Decided to buy a Puppy

Covid-19 Update

Puppy Enquiries

At the present time all Breed Clubs are being inundated with puppy enquiries. Unfortunately some people are under the impression that it is an ideal time to have a puppy as they are currently off work but the concern is what will happen to the puppy once they return to employment.  

Demand for puppies is far outstripping the number of puppies available and prices have skyrocketed. Some Unscrupulous breeders are asking ridiculous prices for their puppies and our advice to you is that a reasonable price for a well bred puppy is around £2000-£2500. We would also advise you that no deposit should be paid until you have had the opportunity to visit the litter together with their mother and you are satisfied with the way they are being reared. Unfortunately we have been made aware of instances where puppy purchasers have paid a deposit for non existent puppies! You should also beware that there are puppy farms operating where puppies are bred purely for profit and the conditions in which they are reared are far from ideal and purchasing a pup from one of these establishments could lead to a lifetime of problems.

Always ask the breeder for the registered name of the puppies parents as you can then check their health results on The Kennel Club website. Unfortunately , there have been instances where the breeder has not been totally honest about the health status and as a minimum we recommend that hip and elbows have been scored and eyes tested.

Under normal circumstances we would usually advise potential puppy purchasers to visit a local dog show and speak to exhibitors and they would have pointed you in the right direction. However, as this is currently not possible our advice would be to contact breeders to ask about their future breeding plans and ask to be put on their waiting list.


Having Decided to buy a Puppy

1.   Try and visit your puppy a couple of times before he is old enough to take home, it will help to get to know your breeder and you will be able to ask questions about feeding etc. Please try and keep on time when visiting the puppies as there may be other people also visiting that day particularly at weekends.

When collecting your puppy from the breeder it is advisable to take some paper kitchen  roll and some old towels.  Some young puppies will travel very well others only go a short  distance and are sick.  It is better to hold him securely on your knee then you are able to brace him for the twists and turns and reassure him about the passing traffic.

2.   You should be given a signed copy of the pedigree, a Kennel Club registration certificate, a diet sheet as a guide to feeding in the first few weeks, also a date to next  worm your puppy. Sometimes the breeder may not have received the registration certificate in time and will forward this on.    


3.   Please do not rush your puppy to the vet for vaccinations immediately you get him home.  Leaving his litter brothers and sisters and Mum plus a journey in the car is quite an event in a young puppy’s life,  he needs a couple of days to get used to his new family and the geography of his new home and garden.

4.   A well trained dog is easy and a joy to live with, ask at either your local pet shop or vets  about training classes in your area.

Contact our Puppy List coordinator for information on current/planned litters

Mrs Judi Stanley  Tel  01395 567192  or email  puppy.register@swgrc.co.uk


See the Kennel Club Page on buying a Puppy


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