We’re considering getting a small Bichon frise but how do you make sure that it’s not from a puppy farm. Thanks!”

Fantastic that you are making the decision in advance not to support puppy farms.

Best thing you can do, is make sure that you only buy your dog from a reliable source. You can check out RSPCA and rescue organisations, and failing that look for
a responsible dog breeder.

You can also look up the Golden Retriever association, speak to state associations and look for registered breeders. One thing to note though, is that just because they are registered, doesn’t mean
they are fantastic.

It’s important to physically visit to see the puppy and bitch in their home environment. This allows you to see the how the dogs are housed and how they are looked
after. You can also chat to the breeders local veterinarian who will have records of microchip, first vaccination and check etc.

Your communications with the breeder will give you some indication of what they’re about, but words can be deceiving so seeing their property is far better.

Pet shops often get their pets from puppy farms or backyard breeders.

I hope this helps you find your puppy and be confident you are supporting legitimate breeders caring for their dog’s welfare.

If you’d like to chat in person, you can get a vet on a live video call or start a chat to discuss in more detail now.

We’re here to help!

Chat soon,

Dr Claire