Everything you need to know before getting a puppy

Owning a dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences, the unconditional love and the bonds formed are truly special. However, before welcoming a new bundle of fur into your home, there’s some things you should consider. Here’s our guide to choosing your new puppy!


Firstly and rather obviously, look into the different breed options available. There really is a breed out there to suit everyone, whether the pup needs to be good with children, enjoy city living or extreme climates, there’s a whole host of things you should explore to find a dog most suited to your lifestyle.

This is one of the most fun stages so take time to explore what kind of pooch you want!


Whether you rescue, or get a puppy from a breeder is up to you, and really down to personal preference. However, if you choose to go to a breeder you should be aware of puppy farms. According to The Kennel Club “A puppy farmer is defined as a high volume breeder who breeds puppies with little or no regard for the health and welfare of the puppies or their parents.” Despite the name, farm, don’t be misled, they are unlikely to be farms, they can be light airy kennels, but the pups and mother are treated poorly.

Download and print off our list of things to make sure you ask and check when you go to view your puppy! From making sure the breeder is genuine, to the puppy’s health and documents, you won’t miss anything with our handy guide! Download it here!!

We are beyond the stage of asking if you really think that a puppy is right for you, your family, your lifestyle etc. this is what you need to know when going to view them and pick one!
Prepare yourself for a new, furry chapter in your life, because you are about to welcome your new best friend.

Making sure you don’t over exercise puppies is key, as it can lead to health problems later in life, join The PitPat Pack and monitor their health and exercise from playful pup, right through to senior citizen- a healthy dog is a happy dog.