NVWA: As a consumer, do your research beforehand when buying a puppy | News report

News item | 27-10-2022 | 07:30

Dirty ceilings. Cages for small ones. Not having access to (clean) drinking water and no attention to socialization. During inspections, inspectors from the Dutch Food and Consumer Safety Authority unfortunately regularly come across dogs that are bred in poor conditions for quick sale. This and more can be seen in the report with NVWA inspector Paul Visscher on an inspection at a large dog dealer.

Picture: ©NVWA

Deficiencies in puppy housing and socialization often have major consequences for the dogs and future owners. Therefore, it is important as a buyer to familiarize yourself thoroughly with a puppy’s origin in advance.

Animal health warning

The demand for (young) dogs in the Netherlands is high. And as a buyer, you risk buying a puppy from a rogue trader who does not have the animals’ health and welfare in order. Dogs born in poor conditions are more anxious and may develop health and behavioral problems later in life. As a buyer, you also have an important responsibility here. Therefore, always check the following when you buy a young dog:

  • the puppy is not younger than 7 weeks (obligatory)
  • visit the breeder and check the place where the dog and mother stay
  • ask the breeder where the animal comes from and how it has been socialized
  • the puppy has a chip (obligatory)
  • the puppy is registered and has a European passport (obligatory)
  • The puppy has been wormed and vaccinated
  • and have the animal’s health checked by a veterinarian before purchase

‘People really want a dog and very quickly’

Paul Visscher is a dog trade inspector at the NVWA and acknowledges the high demand for dogs and carelessness when buying: “People really want a dog and very quickly. And preferably not too expensive. There are too few dogs for the high demand and so people start looking for the edges. If a sale is too good to be true, it often is. There is a good chance it will be a bad buy.” Therefore, preliminary research is important before you buy a puppy. This page can help you with that.

In the video series ‘our inspection’ we follow Paul Visscher during an inspection at a large dog breeder and dealer. Unique pictures that give you as a consumer an idea of ​​what it can be like with mala fide breeders in the Netherlands.

In June 2022, a joint inspection of the municipality, police and NVWA was carried out. During this inspection, NVWA found violations in the area of ​​the Animal Keepers Decree. Violations of registration and identification are currently under investigation. These violations may lead to both criminal and administrative enforcement proceedings being initiated.

Inspections NVWA

As well as actively informing breeders and traders, NVWA carries out inspections to check that breeders are complying with the rules. In 2021, we carried out 211 control visits to dog sellers, breeders, traders, animal shelters and shelter addresses. Among dog sellers, breeders and retailers, 152 disagreed and 44 agreed. NVWA carries out risk-oriented supervision. We do this on the basis of reports, signals and enforcement requests.

During the inspections of breeders and traders, vets and inspectors from the NVWA looked at the construction, welfare and health of the farmed animals. Living conditions were also checked, and it was checked whether imported animals had a valid rabies vaccination and the right papers. You can read more in our inspection results for 2021.

More information

For questions about this news, journalists can contact NVWA’s press information team, telephone number (088) 22 33 700.

Consumers and companies can contact the Customer Contact Center via the website or 0900-03 88 (usual call rates).

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