Kennel Club research done last year showed that as many as 1 in 3 puppies may be bought unknowingly from a puppy farm, even if they are found using free ads or Facebook. One in five puppies bought online or in pet shops need long term veterinary care and die before they are six months old!* What a horrible statistic.
There is some really good information and advice on how to choose a puppy which is suitable for your lifestyle and family and how to tell if your breeder is reputable on the Kennel Club site at http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/our-resources/kennel-club-campaigns/puppy-farming/puppy-awareness-week/
*Research conducted in August 2013 by Atomik, on behalf of the Kennel Club, based on 2026 responses.