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If this advert states that the dog or puppy is KC Registered, it means the dog has been registered with the Kennel Club and will have a pedigree certificate which records all of the dogs details and the dogs ancestors/lineage. Please ask the advertiser for a copy of the KC pedigree certificate before buying the dog or puppy and confirm it is genuine with the registering body.
If this advert states that the dog or puppy is not registered, this means that the dog does not come with an official pedigree certificate from the Kennel Club, and its ancestors/lineage cannot be traced.
Microchipping a dog is the process of implanting a chip under the dogs skin and registering the keepers details on a national database so that the dogs keeper can be traced.
From the 6th April 2016 onwards it will be mandatory that all dogs be microchipped before they are 8 weeks old. Puppies MUST be microchipped before being sold and the breeder must be the first person who's details are registered on the microchip.
You should confirm with the advertiser about the pets microchipping status, if this has already been carried out, and if not, when it is scheduled.
Make sure that you also receive the paperwork that accompanies the pets microchip too.
Once the ownership of the pet has formally passed over to you, you should make sure that you contact the microchip company to update your details as the registered keeper of the pet within 21 days. Failure to do this, could result in a £500 fine.A local council issued dog breeding license is required for anyone who keeps a breeding establishment for dogs which meets the following conditions :
- England and Scotland - If in a 12 month period their dogs give birth to 5 litters or more.
- Wales - If in a 12 month period their dogs give birth to 3 litters or more.
- A license may also be required even if the person doesn't meet the above criteria but if the local authority believes that the person is breeding for commercial gain.
If you believe this advertiser should be licensed and they have stated they are not, then please report them to us .
All dogs should be vaccinated and have their vaccinations kept up-to-date, this is part of being a responsible dog owner and will be your responsibility.
Puppies should receive 2 vaccinations, the first at around 8 to 10 weeks of age and the second, two weeks later at around 10 to 12 weeks of age. Puppies should not be allowed outside until 7 days after their second injection. Older Dogs require booster vaccinations occasionally as recommended by their Vet.
If the seller has not vaccinated their dog/puppy, then it will be your responsibility to make sure this is done straight away.
Many responsible dog breeders will keep their puppies longer, and make sure they have been fully vaccinated before they let them go to new homes.
If the seller has said the dog/puppy is vaccinated, please make sure you receive the dogs vaccination record paperwork.