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Purchase a puppy with caution this Christmas

Published Thursday, 28 November 2019

With Christmas just around the corner, you might be thinking of adding a four-legged friend to your family, but East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) is urging residents to think before they buy.

If you are thinking of purchasing a puppy from a breeder, ENC advises that the following advice from The Dogs Trust is followed:


  1. Ask to see mum and pup together
  2. Visit your new pup more than once
  3. Get all your pup’s paperwork before going home including vaccinations and ensuring your puppy is microchipped
  4. Walk away if you are at all unsure
  5. Report suspicious sellers or breeders
  6. Take your puppy to your own vet for a health check as soon as possible


  1. Meet anywhere that isn’t the pup’s home
  2. Buy a pup from anyone who can supply various breeds on demand
  3. Buy a pup that looks too young/small or underweight
  4. Feel pressured to buy a puppy
  5. Buy a pup that you suspect has been illegally imported

A Council Spokesperson said: “As The Dogs Trust says, a dog is for life, not just for Christmas. This campaign slogan has now been around for over 35 years, but sadly rescue centres continue to see an increase in arrivals during the festive period. The decision to bring a new pet into the family should not be made on the spur of the moment”. 

If you have any concerns about where a dog was purchased from or would like further information, please contact the East Northamptonshire Council Animal Licensing team on 01832 742055.