Chichester District Council is urging people to carry out important welfare checks before buying a puppy. The council’s Environmental Protection team is encouraging people to think carefully about how a new pet would fit into their lifestyle, and to follow the puppy checklist for a happy and healthy pet.
The checklist covers a range of questions that people should ask their breeder before buying a puppy:
Are the puppies vaccinated? The breeder should have vaccination certificates to confirm this.
Are the puppies microchipped? This is a legal requirement and the new owner should be given details and a microchip number. By law, the microchip must be registered to the breeder and then updated with the new owner’s details.
Are the breeders licensed by their local authority? A certificate should be on display for people to see.
How old are the puppies? A puppy must be at least eight weeks old to leave its mother.
Prospective owners should also expect the breeder to ask them questions and they should be encouraged to visit the puppies at least once before purchasing one.
“Becoming a dog owner is an incredibly exciting time, but it’s also a big responsibility,” says Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Chichester Contract Services at Chichester District Council. “For a happy and healthy pet, make sure you follow our puppy checklist.
“When you visit a puppy, always make sure you see it with its mother and the rest of the litter, in the home where it was born. Check that the puppy looks healthy with clean eyes and ears, and see how it interacts with its mother and siblings.
“If something doesn’t feel right, it’s always best to walk away. If you have any concerns about a breeder in the Chichester District, you should report this to us at the district council and to Trading Standards.
Please also remember that there are lots of dogs in need of good homes, especially at this time of year, so please consider rehoming a dog from a local rescue centre.”
People can find a licensed breeder, and report concerns of unlicensed premises at www.chichester.gov.uk/article/25475/Animal-licences