Select a dog

Select a dog


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When it comes to selecting a dog or puppy, take your time to think about what type of dog you are after, and what type of dog is right for you and your family.

An RSPCA shelter is a fantastic place to start your search. You will find animals available for adoption that are medically and behaviourally sound; most have not been neglected, are perfectly healthy and sociable, and are simply waiting for a new home and a loving family.

The Adopt a pet website makes choosing a puppy or dog simple. Each dog has been colour coded using our Find a Friend system to give you an indication of the family type that will suit them best.

If a puppy is what you’re after there are a number of important things to consider.Follow our RSPCA Smart Puppy Buyer’s Guide and you’ll be on the right track to taking home a happy and healthy puppy. You will also be helping to prevent the sale of puppies from puppy farms or irresponsible breeders and in doing so safeguarding the welfare of breeding animals.

Check out the RSPCA’s top 4 tips for choosing a puppy:


1.     Make sure you are familiar with the huge responsibilities involved in owning a puppy and think about the type of dog that would best suit your lifestyle.

2.     Consider adopting from the RSPCA or another reputable rescue organisation first.

3.     Check out our Smart Puppy Buyer's Guide  - this guide applies to buying any type of dog whether it's a pedigree purebred, crossbred or mixed breed dog.

4.     Visit the place where your puppy was born and bred and ask questions about its background.


1.     Buy a puppy over the internet, newspaper advertisement or from a pet shop without first being able to visit the breeding facility to see the conditions for yourself.

2.     Buy a puppy without first meeting the breeder and visiting its place of birth.

3.     Impulse buy - owning a dog is a huge responsibility and should be the result of careful planning and consideration.

4.     Discriminate against crossbreeds or mixed breed dogs - they also make great pets and can be bred responsibly.


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