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Dogs and Animal Welfare

Buying a puppy

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Deciding whether to get a puppy or dog is a big decision. It is advisable, before purchasing a puppy, to give it proper thought and to carry out some research. 

Anyone who decides to get a dog becomes responsible for that animal and will need to know about the legal requirements of owning a dog.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) have created a very useful leaflet and information on buying and caring for a puppy.

They set out various decisions that should be made and provide information on:

  • the importance of research, before deciding to buy a puppy/dog
  • finding the right dog breed
  • deciding where to get your new puppy/dog
  • finding a healthy, happy dog
  • collecting your new dog and bringing it home
  • helping your new dog settle-in to its new home
  • understanding dog behaviour

It goes on to note your legal obligations as an owner which include aspects such as:

  • licensing the dog
  • keeping the dog under proper control
  • meeting the welfare needs of the dog

DAERA's Buying and Caring for a puppy leaflet