I'm looking for a puppy or dog

Buying a puppy

There are many important things to consider before you start looking to buy a dog - from finding out if you are ready, to discovering the right breed to suit your lifestyle. Also, do you want to buy a pedigree puppy or get a dog from a breed rescue? This section contains the information you need to find your new best friend.

Before you buy a puppy or dog

Are you ready for a dog?

A new dog will have a big impact on your life. Answer our questions to find out if you're ready for the responsibilities and realities of dog ownership.

Finding the right dog?

A new dog will have a big impact on your life. Answer our questions to find out if you're ready for the responsibilities and realities of dog ownership.

Finding the right breeder

When searching for a healthy pedigree puppy it is the breeder that is the most important consideration - here are some helpful tips on how to find the right one.

Where not to buy a dog

Places where we strongly advise you NOT to buy a puppy or dog: online puppy farms, puppy dealers and pet shops

When you are ready to get a puppy or dog

Buying a dog

What to consider when buying a puppy or dog. Our simple guide takes you through the process, from what to ask your breeder to essential equipment.

General advice about caring for your new puppy or dog

Information for when you first bring your puppy home and provides support and tips on feeding, walking, training, vaccines, socialisation and child safety.

KC Insurance for owners

Invest in the best pet insurance and let Kennel Club Pet Insurance pick up the vet’s bills. Learn more.

Search for Puppies with MyKC

If you are looking to find the right puppy for you - join MyKC now! MyKC is a new FREE service from the Kennel Club – giving you all the tools you need to help you find and bring home a happy, healthy puppy.

The Dog Owner's Handbook

This is your guide full of essential information and practical advice to help you train your puppy, such as house training, teaching basic commands, nutrition, behavioural management and much more.


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