If you’re considering giving a home to a puppy this Spring, it’s important to choose the right type of dog for you, your family and circumstances. This is where the Pet Care Trust’s Puppy Index Scheme is designed to help. This brilliant system enables retailers and other pet professionals who have registered with the scheme to provide information on the characteristics of different breeds, helping you select the one that suits you best.
The advice given is based on how much of a financial commitment you want to make, the level of exercise you can offer and the amount of time you can give to managing your dog’s basic grooming requirements. It also looks at the typical health profiles for different types of dogs. The Puppy Index covers over 100 breeds, and is useful because it may highlight the suitability of a particular dog that you might not have known about. It’s then possible to make an informed choice based on a good insight into all the key requirements of that breed. Choice made, the retailer will be able to give you a list of the relevant breeders who are registered with the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme or through the Pet Care Trust, the organisation behind the Puppy Index Scheme. To get a real feel for all the different dogs, you can always visit Crufts, the ideal place to see most of the leading breeds in one go.
If you can, it’s also a good idea to consider giving a home to dog from a shelter or rescue centre, who often have animals with good pedigrees to rehome, as well as those of a slightly more ‘Heinz’ variety.
Some breeds are more popular than others. The most popular dog is the Labrador Retriever, with over 45,000 puppies registered with the Kennel Club. Others have declined dramatically including: the Dandie Dinmont Terrier (pictured right), Fox Terrier (Smooth), Kerry Blue Terrier, Irish Terrier, Lakeland Terrier, Lancashire Heeler.
Can you afford a puppy? Follow this link to help you decide.