Getting a dog

There are many important factors to consider before getting a dog. Discover if you're ready for the commitment. Find out which breed best suits your lifestyle. Should you buy a pedigree puppy or get a dog from a breed rescue? Let's help you find your new best friend.
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Are you ready to own a dog?

10% of people told us that they bought their puppy on an impulse! It's essential to consider how this new member of your family will impact on your life.

Are you ready?
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Learn more about buying a dog

More information about buying a dog, including what to ask your breeder, what equipment you'll need to purchase and the importance of pet insurance.

Buying a dog
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Caring for your new puppy

There's a lot to consider before you bring your puppy home, including feeding, walking, training, vaccination, socialisation and child safety.

Puppy care tips

Useful resources

Breed A to Z

Browse our full list of pedigree breeds recognised by The Kennel Club. Use the filters below to find a breed best suited to you.

Breeds A to Z
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Find a puppy

Ready to buy a dog? Why not use our Find a Puppy service to discover the ideal four-legged friend for you.

Find a Puppy
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Find a rescue

If you're prepared to invest the time and effort, rehoming a rescue dog can be immensely rewarding.

Find a rescue

Change of ownership

Learn more about how to change The Kennel Club's registered ownership of your new dog.

Change of ownership
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Dog look up

Use our Dog Look Up tool to view any Kennel Club registered dog's pedigree or health test results.

Health Test Results Finder

Find an assured breeder

Looking to buy a puppy from a responsible breeder? Search for Kennel Club Assured Breeders in your area.

Find an Assured Breeder