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Ready to add a new member to your family? The journey to puppy/kitten ownership can be intimidating, but with the proper tips and preparations, the entire process can be a smooth, exciting adventure.

If you’re looking for a new pet, check your local RSPCA or other animal rescue group first. There are many wonderful puppies,dogs, kittens and cats out there looking for new homes. If you can’t find the right one for you, or have your heart set on a specific breed, you’ll need to find a good breeder. Here’s how to go about it.

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Healthy pets come from ethical breeders who:

  1. Plan ahead and aim to find good homes for every pet they breed

  2. Provide a high standard of care and living conditions for all their animals

  3. Are genuinely concerned about the welfare of their animals

  4. Provide stimulation and socialisation for their puppies and kittens

  5. Make sure that you will suit the pet and the pet will suit you

  6. Breed to produce happy, healthy pets, free from known genetic disorders

  7. Provide ongoing support and information to new owners

  8. Provide a guarantee

  9. Provide references on request

  10. Meet all their legal requirements

  11.  Ethical breeders will ask if you want a pet or breeding pet. Most are hesitant to sell for breeding and ask for desexing contracts to be signed, some desex before selling. This is to ensure we do not have unwanted pets filling up our pounds

  12. Ethical breeder’s usually have Facebook pages and Websites. Their Facebook pages are generally active with updated photos of previous puppies and customers posting content and have many reviews

  13. Do NOT meet at parks or shopping centres to collect your pet

  14. Search ABN lookup to see if an Australian company

  15. Check business names -


In this climate most ethical breeders are cautious about people visiting. This is due to the high number of thefts that have been occurring, where people pretend they are interested in buying a puppy, scope the place and the next day the owners wake to all their dogs/cats missing.

The majority of ethical breeders also have wait lists so the idea of visiting and letting your pet pick you is not a common event in these times.

They are also concerned about infectious diseases people bring in to the puppies environment.

If your breeder does not allow visitors, ensure you are regularly getting updated photos and videos so you can see the environment that the pet is living in

Your breeder should always allow you to go to their home to collect the puppy/kitten – never meet at a shopping centre or park. Keep in mind that during Covid – your puppy may need to be transported due to high risk areas or lockdowns.


Desexing isn’t just about preventing unwanted pregnancies, it can actually make your dog healthier and happier.

Desexed dogs:

  • are better protected from certain illnesses and diseases

  • are generally less aggressive towards other dogs

  • tend to be more affectionate

  • are less inclined to roam or mark their territory

  • are less inclined to display mating behaviours such as mounting


Some research shows desexed dogs actually live longer. The RSPCA practises early age desexing from the age of eight weeks when the surgery is simple and recovery is rapid. If your puppy was not desexed prior to sale, they must be desexed before they are able to produce any unintended litters of puppies.

There is absolutely no benefit in letting females have one litter before they are desexed.

Talk to your vet about desexing, microchipping and vaccinations. They’re all important parts of being a responsible dog owner and will ensure your new best friend stays healthy


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