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Tips for buying a dog online

It’s important to be aware of such dangers as puppy farms when searching for your next puppy. While a puppy may be cute and cuddly, don’t let that cloud your judgement when choosing your dog. If you are planning on buying a dog online we recommend you follow these 5 steps.

Checklist for buying a dog online

  1. Find a puppy online & contact the owner.
  2. Ask to visit the puppy in its home environment. While it may be more convenient to meet somewhere closer to you or at your home, it’s important for you to see the puppy’s mother & living conditions.
  3. Ask to see any vaccination records of the puppy, and if applicable the parents pedigree certificates.
  4. Get with the sellers vet about their vaccinations.
  5. Check that the seller is also asking questions about your suitability
  6. Only then agree to purchase the puppy and bring your new buddy home with you.

Some don’ts

  1. Don’t buy a puppy because you feel sorry about it.
  2. Don’t accept a puppy that’s under 8 weeks old, they are still developing and still need to be with their mother. It is also breaking the law.
  3. Don’t accept a puppy that doesn’t have the microchip fully registered. It should be in the name of the seller and then transferred to you.
  4. Never meet the seller in a neutral place like a car park at a shopping centre. Make sure you meet them at their house and with the mother (and if possible the father of the pups). Some sellers might even offer to transport the directly to you.
  5. Don’t pay for the puppy in advance. A deposit with a contact may be a good idea to secure the puppy if it is still not over the 8 weeks of age.

Make sure the dog is microchipped. From September 2015, owners of puppies will be required to have a microchip inserted into the puppy. All dogs will be required to be microchipped by March 2016.

It is generally not a good idea to bring children with you when you are thinking of buying a puppy. The decision to buy a puppy is an important one, and it is best to make it without the added pressure of having a child with you who may become attached to the puppy.

About Microchips in dogs

Microchips carry important details of the dog as well as owners’ names and addresses. These can be read with a special reading device by vets & dog wardens. Read more about these laws here. Microchips have to be registered in the name of the seller first, before they can sell a puppy. All dogs over the age of 12 weeks need to be microchipped. This microchip contains a machine readable 15 digit code. This code can be checked on europetnet.com. All dogs in Ireland need to be on one of the 4 approved national microchip databases.
Updated on December 7, 2022
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