Are you determined to buy a puppy and have you already chosen the breed? Make sure first that this is the race that best suits your lifestyle. If you buy a puppy, it also means that you are willing to arm yourself with patience to give it a good education: it will be small, lovely and also wild. Are you really sure? Then it is time to find where to buy the dog of your dreams.

If you do not want to be victims of dog trafficking and the many scams that populate this market, you have to inform yourself well before.

What requirements should the puppy meet?

So that the puppy is healthy physically and mentally, first should never be less than two months old. Ideally, buy it when you are two and a half to three months old. It is the moment when they are prepared to separate from the mother and start their own path.

The character and personality that you have will share them during all their years of life. A part of the character will be formed by its genes, another by the experiences lived and another by the education that you provide. As important as complying with morphological requirements is that you have been raised in a healthy environment at all levels.

Therefore, if you do not want to regret it, you must choose well. Many times, when it comes to buying a puppy, common sense disappears!

Remember that it is as valid to adopt as buying a good breeder. In this article we will focus on the purchase, but in shelters and protectors you can also find puppies, sometimes even of breed.


The Australian Cobberdog, popularly known as Labradoodle, is the first breed in the world developed to perform the work of therapy and assistance to perfection. It is hypoallergenic, with a very balanced temperament, peaceful and very easy to train. That is why this breed has been selected to form the therapy dog ​​team for the solidarity projects that we are carrying out with hospitals and associations.


Our Labradors Retriever They have demonstrated in countless occasions their exceptional capacity as assistance dog. A strong health, a balanced temperament and great intelligence define the DOGKING Labradors. For these reasons, our genetic line has been selected to train our Labradors Retriever as guide dogs Y canine therapists, two of the most demanding jobs for a dog.


The Schnauzer is very cheerful, understanding, intelligent and affectionate. They are very loyal dogs that give themselves to their family in body and soul. That is why very special links are created between the Schnauzer and their owners, and it is very common that someone who has had this race does not want to change.


Bichün Maltйs stands out for its small size and especially its beautiful silky white mantle. Beyond its appearance, it is the character of this dog that makes it so charming. It is a perfect breed to live with other pets, and loves to play with other dogs and children.


The benefits that a companion dog can bring are well known, so in our veterinary center we strive to offer loving and friendly puppies that have a quick adaptation to the home. This is achieved thanks to the socialization process that we started with our dogs since they were born and to the comprehensive advice we offer to families who buy their puppy at DOGKING.

The sale of pets between individuals is illegal

Many people do not know that the pet buying and selling between individuals it is prohibited, and although it is a practice that exists, it is illegal. "The breeding of animals for sale requires obtaining a zoo nucleus license, something that, among other requirements, is regularly violated by individuals who sell animals," says Daniel Dorado. Individuals engaged in the sale of pets do not normally comply with the legislation that regulates this activity and raise animals without taking into account many factors, such as having optimal facilities or mandatory veterinary care. “Puppies are usually very cheap because they are not sold in the conditions or with the necessary guarantees. Buying a puppy from a breeder, or an establishment with all the guarantees and conditions, has a price ”explains Marc López, CEO of Mundo Animalia, who recommends looking for breeders or trusted establishments that assure us of all those guarantees to which by law we have the right to.

Obligations of a pet buyer

Like the seller, the pet buyer You should also know what your obligations are as a caretaker for an animal. When a person makes the decision to buy a pet sometimes he forgets that with the animal we also acquire obligations and responsibilities. We must, then, inform us of health and administrative commitments that our pet requires, which will be different depending on the type of animal (it is not the same to buy a fish or an iguana as a dog). In the case of pets such as dogs or cats, for example, we will have to take into account vaccination, mandatory veterinary treatments, keep a veterinary card up to date with all the data of the animal, and register it by means of a location chip.

In some cases, civil liability insurance will also be necessary (in Madrid, for example, it is mandatory for all types of dogs). Of course, in all cases, the buyer agrees to treat the animal well, to assist him, and to provide him with a life as dignified as possible, to investigate the care and type of food that his pet should receive and, of course, do everything from the current legality so that no one is harmed in the transaction.

Retail breeders and professional breeders

For the retail breeders Breeding is not your main source of income. Normally they breed few races: the usual is one to three. Normally they have few litters and they worry about having quality puppies, being a baby we could call more familiar.

Most have a passion for the races they raise. The animals are cared for, socialized and comply with the necessary veterinary controls. They usually go to exhibitions.

The professional breeders They make breeding their way of life. They comply with the legal requirements and all their copies should have pedigree . At the time of purchase, they must be registered in the LOE (Book of Spanish Origins).

The wholesale breeder should have many points in common with the retailer. They have a greater number of copies and puppies, although the number of breeds will not be excessive either. The animals are cared for and the facilities will be adequate for their well-being. They also tend to attend dog shows.

Not being a commercial breeder is a bad breeder, and vice versa. It all depends on the type of person who does it and how you have your copies. So, We must inform ourselves well and look for a responsible breeder who loves his breed (s) and his specimens, who has extensive knowledge of the breed / s, who is interested and asks us questions about the future of the puppy and even that he can refuse to sell it if he thinks the home is not adequate. That is, do not just take the money and give us the puppy without further ado.

The puppy must have all the guarantees, with its sanitary card in order and, in case of any problem, the possibility of claiming.

Ideally, go see the place, see the whole litter with your mother and observe how they interact with each other and with the breeder. That will give us an idea of ​​whether it is what we are looking for. A good breeder will not only refuse to visit you, but he will be delighted with it. It is important that we build trust and allow us to ask all the necessary questions, because it is normal for him to ask them too.

Multi-breed farms and farms

On the opposite side of good breeders are the “ puppy farms ”, For calling them somehow. This name "idyllic" refers to some hellish places where dogs are bred massively and whose sole purpose is profit. These types of farms are found, above all, in Eastern Europe, but that does not mean that there are no ethical and professional breeders there.

On puppy farms, mothers give birth again and again, from the first heat, overcrowded in dirty and unhealthy cages, with poor food, without affection or veterinary care. That is, pure animal exploitation. When they can't breed anymore, they are sacrificed. Puppies are separated from the mother with barely 20 days and sold as soon as possible.

The cost of pups raised in that way is laughable, because of the few expenses they generate. Hence, Spain is part of the countries that import dogs from these sites.

Puppies that come from these places are transported in trucks with counterfeit papers, so they can travel (in the EU it is mandatory that they have completed three months and have the corresponding vaccines).

During the trip it is estimated that fifty percent of them die, either due to illness, malnutrition, overcrowding or cold. Survivors, many of them sick, will be sold in stores and online. They will be poorly socialized, sad puppies, with underlying or already obvious diseases and that, after all, will not meet expectations such as race or behavior.

As the business of selling puppies moves a lot of money, in our country there are already puppy farms that are commonly identified with the name of “ multi-breed breeders ". They come to be the same: dog factories where they breed everything in the same conditions as the farms we were talking about. And many, unfortunately, are legal.

A large number of stores stock up on these puppies, both domestic and imported. They play with the “showcase factor” and compulsive purchase. Once acquired, when the family realizes that it has a sick puppy, an important emotional bond already exists.

Breeding in private homes

These types of breeders might be responsible people. It may also be, however, that they are exploiting the animals that one day entered as companion dogs and subsequently saw as a good deal, selling puppies under hand. In any case, according to our current legislation this breeding is not legal. Sale between individuals is prohibited.

Warning signs

Most of the "bargains" that are online come from this particular offspring and farm dogs, not to mention the scams: they sell a non-existent puppy and keep our money. Hard to four pesetas there is, so you have to distrust the offers: a dog has no settlement period, and raising a puppy that meets the requirements of its breed and is healthy and balanced implies dedication, time and money.

Getting one of these puppies, apparently cheaper, will eventually be more expensive, both economically (visits to the veterinarian, hospital admissions, ethologists ...) and emotionally. If we do not have very clear things, we may not be able to continue having it at home after a while. The puppy will start his pilgrimage from hand to hand and some of them, in the worst case, will even be abandoned.

The less demand these false breeders have, the less reason they will have to exist and fewer dogs will pass through that ordeal. In our hands it is.

We must distrust if:

  • There is little transparency and they don't give us any information about the puppy's parents
  • The dogs are very cheap , especially online (in stores those same dogs are not so cheap).
  • The breeder does not show any interest in us not for the future of the puppy
  • Puppy documents are not taught (health card or passport)
  • The puppy It does not have a microchip or it is not correctly associated with your passport and / or health card , which must be duly completed by a registered veterinarian

So where to go?

Both to find good breeders and to run away from classified ads, scams and scams that populate the network, the internet is fine as a first step. Then we should always go to the official canine societies (Royal Canine Society of Spain and Unió Cinòfila de Catalunya). They can recommend a good breeder and / or breed club if there is one.

Once the puppy is at home, prepare pencil and paper: note how he poops, what attitude he has, how he eats, how he sleeps, and all the doubts that may arise. Do not hesitate to visit your trusted veterinarian. He will advise you on how to care for and educate your little beast.