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Finding the Ideal Puppy


Unlike the situation in North America, the vast majority of U.K. pet stores do not sell puppies.

Puppyindex helps to guide prospective owners to find the right breed for them.
Instead, would-be purchasers have to seek out breeders in order to obtain the young dog of their choice. However, being sure that the puppies sold are healthy, is still clearly vital. As a result, Puppyindex, the service designed to bring potential puppy owners together with quality puppies from an approved breeder has just been re-launched by the pet education charity, Pet Care Trust, at the start of June.

"The recent Bateson report into dog breeding called for robust breeder accreditation schemes. Puppyindex reflects this aspiration by pointing customers to breeders who are endorsed by two of the most influential bodies in the pet sector -- ourselves and the Kennel Club,” said Janet Nunn, chief executive of the Pet Care Trust in news release on the website.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has become a rare breed.
"Buying a new puppy is an exciting occasion for any family, but at the same time, it’s crucial for them to obtain a breed that is right for their lifestyle, to help ensure the dog’s welfare and allow family members to enjoy the company of their new pet,” she continued. "The Kennel Club has recognized the value of Puppyindex and we are delighted that they want their accredited breeders to be accessible through it, too, aided by local pet specialists."

According to the Trust’s website, potential puppy owners will be able to browse the scheme’s fully updated color manual of 100 top breeds of dog to decide which is the most suitable for them and their circumstances. The Puppyindex scheme is only available through pet specialists, where advisors guide customers through the manual and offer advice about the particular requirements of individual breeds and the range of products that will be needed for the new addition to the household.

For the first time too, five vulnerable breeds have been included in Puppyindex.

"Some British and Irish breeds of dog are classified by the Kennel Club as vulnerable because their numbers are declining and their status within the world of dogs is diminishing,” Meriel France, education and animal welfare manager at the Trust, said in the same release. "We felt it important through Puppyindex to highlight some of these breeds, such as the Lancashire Heeler and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Our aim is to help in raising their profile and promoting public awareness of these interesting breeds.”

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