This week in the UK is National Puppy Awareness Week. The Kennel Club are hoping to raise more awareness to the conditions to which some breeders, even some of those which are licenced, are subjecting their dogs. The most appalling ones are, of course, simply referred to as 'puppy farms'. Many of the dogs have infections and health problems, and so of course do the litters, but people continue to buy especially if they are after a specific breed or mix (cockapoos, for example). You can imagine the fate of puppies which are ill or not sold.
On a happier note, the Kennel Club sponsored a puppy photography competition and some of the best entries are featured here:
A more detailed review of what the Kennel Club are hoping to achieve can be found on http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/paw which includes video footage of both some of the farms plus events the Kennel Club has been hosting.
Their most simple piece of advice is, if an owner is reluctant to let you see a puppy at home with its mother, ask yourself why not. If he wants you to meet him somewhere else, e.g. the pub or a petrol station, why?