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Welcome to everything you need to know about puppies.

  • Choosing "the one"

    Selecting your puppy from the litter. When they all look absolutely irresistible, how do you avoid taking them all? More >

    Preparing for your puppy

    What do you need to do before you bring your puppy home? From ID tags to chew toys, bowls to baby gates, get prepared now… More >

    Puppy proofing your home

    Is your home safe for your new friend? Watch the video or read on to learn how to puppy proof his new home… More >

  • Preparing for the day you choose your puppy

    Some tough questions to help you decide on your puppy. The right puppy will make your life a joy. More >

    Thinking of breeding your dog?

    Your dog is the loveliest, cutest thing in the world and you’d love to see how his or her own puppies would turn out. But you’ll need to think about it seriously… More >

    Puppy proof your yard, shed and garage

    Check for these outdoor hazards: ponds, poisonous plants, pesticides, rubbish bags, anti-freeze, chemicals… More >

Thinking of breeding your dog?

Breeding – what to think about

Your dog is the loveliest, cutest thing in the world and you’d love to see how his or her own puppies would turn out. But before he or she reaches adolescence, you’ll need to think about it seriously.

Firstly, take note that dogs must not be bred until they’re at least a year old. And different breeds have different ages at which they’re physically ready to be bred.

Secondly, if your dog is purebred and you imagine that a litter of puppies would be a nice financial bonus, think hard. Stud fees and vet fees may surprise you. Plus there’s all the extra stress, round-the-clock care and trouble of finding the right people to sell the puppies to.

Ask your vet for advice

If you’re still happy to make the commitment, start by talking to your vet. He’ll alert you to any potential genetic problems you need to look out for with your breed and what tests may have to be done – to your dog and his or her mate.




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