There are other things to think about before you buy a pet:
- Are you ready for the commitment?
Dogs need regular walks, and animals in general need lots of looking after.
- Can you afford it?
Animals can be expensive. This includes initial fees, vaccinations, food, insurance and vets' bills.
- Is your home ready?
Think about where the pet will sleep, eat and play.
- Could you be allergic?
Do some research into your medical history.
- Buying from a dog breeder?
Check if they are on the Kennel Club Register. Make sure the breeder can enter into a legal contract with you when you buy a dog.
- Rehoming a rescued cat or dog?
Check if the seller is a member of the Association of Dogs and Cat Homes.
- Buying from a pet shop?
Ask to see its licence.