If you decide to buy an Irish Kennel Club registered dog, there are certain IKC guidelines and legal requirements you must follow. All IKC Breeders are bound by the Irish Kennel Club Code of Ethics. Some breeders have conditions of sale (endorsments) if in any doubts please contact the IKC. Once you have decided what breed of dog you want, buying a puppy is fairly straightforward.
The Irish Kennel Club would strongly advise any prospective new owner wishing to purchase a Pedigree Puppy to consult with the relevant Breed Club Secretary/Officers who will be happy to give as much advice as possible as to the suitability of the Breed proposed. You will find listed elsewhere in this publication the information on all the Affiliated Breed Clubs/Officers. A prospective Puppy purchaser should also satisfy themselves that they are happy with the environment/conditions that the Puppy has been reared in, and ask to see the Dam (mother) and possibly the Sire (father) where possible. Some Breeders will bring their Bitch to a Stud Dog elsewhere, so it is not always possible to view the Stud Dog.
However always be happy with the temperament of the Mother and the puppies. Puppies do not leave home before 8 weeks, which has given ample time for them to be fully weaned from their Mother and established on their own feeding regime.
The Breeders of all IKC Registered Pedigree Puppies are bound by our Code of Ethics and we would advise that you take the time to read the Code of Ethics and to note the documents that you should receive with the puppy.
Should you at some later date decide to take up “Dog Showing” as a hobby you will also find the information on the various Show Secretaries listed.
One of the most important things to do is to research your breeder. Some breeds have breed clubs who will be able to inform you about breeders that they know and trust. These are breeders who have had the relevant health tests/ DNA tests carried out on their animals. Other health tests may be needed such as eyes, elbows, patellas, and hip scores, depending on what breed you are getting, so be sure to know what you’re looking for.
There are some things you should watch out for. A good breeder will only breed from two healthy animals. Ask to see the mother and, if you can’t, ask why this is the case. A reputable breeder will show you the mother. You should always be able to see where your puppy has been living: if you can’t, that sends up real alarm bells for puppy farming.
Remember to take:
When you collect your new puppy it will probably be nervous being taken away from its litter and environment for the first time. Here are some tips on how to make your new puppy as relaxed as possible:
When you get your puppy it should be checked out by a vet within 48 hours. If the check proves that the animal is unhealthy, you should return to the breeder. Always check first that this is their policy. Be prepared to wait, and to do considerable research. You’re going to have this dog for a long time, so it’s worth waiting for a healthy animal from someone you trust.
Your breeder should pass to you information on all the socialisation activities they have completed with your puppy and advice on the actions you need to continue with.
Sleeping and eating arrangements
Choosing a name for your puppy