If you are looking to buy a full breed dog, contact the Irish Kennel Club for a list of responsible registered breeders. http://www.ikc.ie
Be wary of classified ads on the internet and in newspapers especially those from breeders with multiple breeds for sale. Try to avoid buying from pet shops as you will have no idea of the history of the puppy.
Never buy a dog without seeing the premises where the mother and puppies are kept. Always ask to see the mother and if possible the father. Responsible breeders keep the mother and puppies well cared for so they should have nothing to hide.
Don’t agree to meet at car parks, pubs etc or if they offer to deliver the pup to your home as this is common way for puppy farmers to avoid you seeing the conditions the pups have been breed in.
The breeder should want to know about you as well as they will want to ensure their puppies are going to be well cared for, if they don’t be wary. The IKC requires their members to ensure that their dogs are going to good homes and the buyer is aware of what it takes to look and care for a dog.
Kennel club registered puppies must have veterinary & kennel club papers, vaccination charts and be microchipped and registered on the IKC microchip database. A good breeder will want their dogs registered so be wary of breeders who offer to give you the dog without their papers for a cheaper price.
You should be provided with veterinary papers and vaccinations and flea & worming information from the puppy's vet.
Don’t take vaccines from the breeder. Bring your puppy to your own vet for this type of medicines.
You should be provided with details on feeding, vaccinations, worming, care etc. and they should offer an aftercare service.
Don’t buy any puppy because you feel sorry for it.
Try and keep as many details as possible, phone number, car registrations, addresses etc.
If you are in any doubt about the validity of a breeder, the condition of the animal or see any suspicious advertisements, contact the local SPCA as soon as possible.