Please do not buy a puppy from a Pet Shop - You are not saving that puppy - But will be making room for another puppy like that one to be put in that shop - And keeping its mother in a puppy farm producing more puppies.
Pet Shop Puppy Sales are fuelled by you the consumer - think do not support this trade!
Pet Shops with a license to sell puppies will buy in puppies to re-sell. They purchase puppies from commercial breeders and puppy farmers with the focus on selling not the health of the dogs involved.
The local Council is responsible for issuing licenses and inspecting.
Pet Shop Licenses are also issued to people selling from their houses. Again the puppies being sold are brought in and re-sold.
Please remember no ethical, responsible Breeder will sell their puppies to Pet Shops.
Where do Pet Shops get their puppies from?
From commercial breeders anywhere, mainly in Wales and Ireland. They get puppies from Licensed and Unlicensed breeders - both more commonly known as Puppy Farmers.
Why Shouldn't you buy from a Pet Shop?
Pet Shop puppies have not been bred on site, therefore in their first short weeks of life they will have been transported at least once but probably more.
Puppies have died shortly after being purchased from Pet Shops from horrible diseases such as Parvovirus, which is a highly contagious disease. This can be costly in Vet Bills to get over, if the puppy doesn't die trying to fight the disease because they are so young and often sickly.
Puppies in a Pet Shop cannot be seen interacting with their mother and littermates. You will be unable to see what the mothers behaviour & temperament is like. The puppy will probably hav missed out on vital learning experiences from its mother.
Not seeing the mother with the puppies means you are unable to see whether she was healthy. You will be unable to speak to the breeder to see whether the parents have had any health checks.
You will only be able to see the conditions the puppy is being kept in inside the Pet Shop. What about the conditions it was bred in & kept in until it arrived there?
As the puppies sold in Pet Shops haven't heard the usual sounds & experienced living in a home, they are often very scared and can remain this way for a long time. Often leading to behavioural problems, which is a concern when introducing them to children.
As Pet Shops sell a variety of different Breeds, they may not have the knowledge on the particular dog which would be best for you and your lifestyle.
If you know of a Pet Shop selling puppies, please email us the details: firstname.lastname@example.org They may be selling illegally. They may be breaching their licenses conditions, we want to know. If you've already brought a puppy from a Pet Shop we want to hear from you too.
A List of premises buying in Puppies and selling them on:
Aardvark Kennels - 277 High Street South, East Ham, E6 3PG - http://www.aardvarkkennels.co.uk/
T & C Pets Ltd / East London Puppies - 137-139 Balaam Street, London, E13 8AF
PetsVille International - 68 Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames - KT2 5EH
PetsVille - 271 High Street, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 1LD
Harrods - 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL
Premier Puppies / Sylvesters Pet Shop - Hanwell, 340 Greenford Avenue, W7 3DA & Harrow, 257 Long Elms, HA3 6LE - http://www.premierpuppies.co.uk/ - BANNED FOR 15 YEARS - http://cornerstonebarristers.com/news/pet-shop-disqualification/
Central Puppies - 34 New Kent Road, London, SE1 6TJ
K9 Puppy - http://www.k9puppy.co.uk/ - London
Prestige Puppies / Charlton Pet Supplies - http://www.prestigepuppies.co.uk/ - Ivydene Cottage, Charlton Lane, Shepperton, Middlesex, TW17 8AQ
Town & Country Puppies / Hamilton Pet Supplies - http://www.townandcountrypuppies.co.uk/ - Elizabeth Williams - 1 Hamilton Road, Feltham, Middlesex, TW13 4PP
Heathrow Bird Centre - Rosendale Gardens, Staines Road, Wraysbury, Middlesex, TW19 5AG - http://www.heathrowbirdcentre.co.uk/
Lintons Pet Store - Coblands Garden Centre, Bath Road, Hare Hatch, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 9SB
Dogs4Us - http://www.dogs4us.com/ - Manchester - AgeCroft Road, Pendlebury, M27 8SN & Leeds - Waterloo Road, Bramley, LS13 2EF
Oak Tree Kennels - http://www.oaktreekennels.net/ - Stanton Lane, Kington St Michael, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6JQ
This List is not endless, this page will be continually updated...so please check back. If you know of a premises that is selling puppies on a Pet Shop License or you suspect this, please email us so we can add their details here.