About the Puppy Contract
How puppies are bred and raised has lifelong effects on the puppies and their new owners. Good breeding and care can help ensure puppies have happy and healthy lives. Irresponsible breeding and poor care can cause health and behavioural problems in puppies and stress and expense for owners.
For breeders and sellers, the contract is a record of the thought and attention they have devoted to their puppies’ breeding and care. The contract can be used for all puppies, whether they are pedigree or not, and by any breeder or seller, including rescue centres.
The puppy contract has been developed to empower puppy buyers and help them to avoid the problems that can arise from buying a puppy from an irresponsible breeder. Puppy buyers can use the information provided by the breeder or seller to make a decision on whether they want to buy the puppy they have seen.
Thinking about buying a puppy. Check out the puppy contract before you start your search and ask your chosen breeder if they use it. Talk to one of our vets if you need help or advice when buying a puppy.
What is the Puppy Contract?
The Puppy Information Pack
The breeder/seller completes The Puppy Information Pack (PIP) before the puppy is sold with information about the puppy and the puppy’s parents. For example, this will include details of any relevent screening tests the puppy’s parents have had and the experiences that the puppy has had to prepare him/her for life in a new home.
Contract for the sale and purchase of a puppy
- The breeder/seller and puppy buyer sign two copies of the contract and PIP so that both have a signed copy
- The contract makes clear the seller’s and buyer’s responsibilities in relation to the puppy’s health and welfare. Because the PIP is referenced in the contact, it has legal force, meaning there are legal consequences if any of the information in it is inaccurate.
- The key difference to the puppy contract compared with similar contracts in existence is that it requires the seller to disclose to the buyer information about the puppy to the level of the detail required in the PIP. This means that buyers will be able to make an informed choice about the puppy they take on, and the costs and responsibilites that go with that.
- The breeder signs the contract to say that all the information they have given in the PIP is true and complete.
- They buyer signs to say that they understand the information that has been given to them in the PIP and that they intend to meet the puppy’s future health and welfare needs.
- The guideance notes explain why it is important for the owner to know and understand the information in the PIP before buying a puppy.They also explain the meaning behind some of the answers that the breeder/seller could give.
- The notes are numbered and link to the PIP questions with the same number.
- Breeders/sellers should refer to the guideance notes when they are filling out the PIP.
How do I get a puppy contract?
The three parts of the puppy contracts – PIP, contract and guidance notes – should always be used together. It’s easy to download all three parts together, just go to