If you’ve decided that you ready for a puppy, have prepared your home for your new arrival, and you have read our puppy breed profiles, then you’re ready for the next step… finding your puppy.
Knowing where to find your new puppy is an important part of ensuring the right fit for your home. While all puppies are a blessing, it pays to do your research and know exactly what to expect when you’re buying your new friend.
Puppies looking for homes can be found at various places including:
- Registered Breeders
- Rescue Groups
- Animal Shelters
Where Should I Get My Puppy From?
First and Foremost, registered breeders are the premier destination for new puppies. They are generally the most reliable, knowledgeable and ethical sellers of puppies. Registered breeders deal only with purebreds. Purebred puppies are, generally, more predictable when it comes to temperament, behaviour, and appearance.
Registered Breeders will be able to provide a background of the breed, its characteristics, and its suitability for your situation. They will be happy to help you with questions and guidance and can play a vital part in pairing you with your perfect pet. Breeders are, after all, the experts in their puppies. Would you rather purchase from someone who has taken the time to learn the ins and outs of a specific breed, or someone who merely sells puppies for the money?
Registered breeders are bound by a code of ethics, meaning that when you buy from a breeder, you know that all animals involved were treated with fairness, kindness, and respect. In addition, they can trace the lineage of their puppies which can be significantly helpful in predicting potential outcomes, examples would be temperament, coat colour and sizing.
If you’re ready to start looking for a new puppy, then here are a few great places to start:
- DOGSNSW lists registered breeders in New South Wales. Find them here: https://www.dogsnsw.org.au/breeders/find-a-breeder/
- DOGSQUEENSLAND lists registered breeders in Queensland. You can search their breeders here: https://www.dogsqueensland.org.au/Breeder/Index
- DOGSVICTORIA lists registered breeders in Victoria. Their breeders can be found here: https://dogsvictoria.org.au/family-pet/dogs-and-puppies/buying-a-puppy/breed-information-and-registered-breeders/
- DOGZ Online has a database of breeders in Australia and New Zealand. It can be located here: https://www.dogzonline.com.au/breeds/list.asp
Rescue Groups and Rescue Shelters
Rescue groups and rescue shelters are second choice to breeders because they generally accommodate for the surplus of irresponsible breeding, accidental breeding, and unwanted puppies and dogs. While adopting a puppy from a shelter can be an ethical choice which relieves stress on an overloaded system, it’s important to consider whether this choice is best for you.
Puppies from rescue shelters are often less predictable than those from registered breeders. Because you can’t trace their lineage, it’s difficult to predict their temperament, behaviours, size, colour, and appearance. Puppies which are the result of accidental breeding often go into shelters with very little information. What may look one breed may actually be another and have a completely unpredictable nature.
Sadly, puppies and adult dogs from shelters and rescue groups have often experience trauma and neglect. It may be difficult to engage with these puppies and experienced owners may better off with them than newcomers.
If you’re looking to adopt, then the RSPCA and Animal Welfare League are great options.
- Animal Welfare League: https://www.awlnsw.com.au/adopt-a-dog/
Warning: Where Should I NEVER Get My Puppy From?
While registered breeders, shelters, and rescue groups do everything in their power to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of their animals, this is not the case for all sellers.
You should never buy puppies from:
- Backyard Breeders
- Puppy Farms
- Shopping Centres
These sellers are unethical and do not guarantee your puppy’s lineage, temperament, appearance, or health.
Backyard breeders sell on classifieds websites like Gumtree and craigslist. They irresponsibly breed puppies to earn an income. Backyard breeders do not meet the standards established by the ANKC and often fail to accommodate for the needs of the mothers. These breeders contribute significantly to the number of puppies in shelters because they fail to account for supply and demand and do not take the effort to match puppies with suitable owners.
Puppy farms, puppy factories, or puppy mills are unethical breeding facilities which operate under intensive and inadequate conditions. These breeders push females to their breeding limits and house them in unfit conditions. The goal of puppy farms is pure profit, they care very little about the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of their puppies and breeding stock.
Puppy farms sell their animals through multiple streams including the internet, newspapers, direct, and through shopping centres. It’s important to steer clear of puppies found in shopping centres as there’s a large possibility that these sellers do not ensure ethical guidelines are followed.