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To avoid supporting puppy farms (also known as puppy mills) you should only ever buy a puppy from a reliable source.
If you're looking for a puppy or dog please check with your local RSPCA or other reputable animal rescue organisation first. There are many wonderful dogs and puppies looking for a good home. But if you can't find the right dog for you, you will need to find a responsible dog breeder.
Follow the RSPCA online Smart Puppy and Dog Buyer's Guide to help you find a responsible breeder or print out the brochure below.
It's very important to visit the puppy in the place where it was born and to meet the mother dog (and father dog too, if he's around) to check they're happy and healthy. This is the only way to be sure the breeding animals and their puppies are well cared for and provided with good living conditions.