Puppies for Christmas credit Dora ZettChristmas is a wonderful time to welcome a puppy into the family!

Dog ownership is extremely rewarding and offers many health benefits, especially for children.

In this jolly season of giving, Dogs NSW, the peak body for all purebred dogs in New South Wales, reminds shoppers that pets are a lifelong responsibility – not just for the holidays!

“Buying a puppy for Christmas should never been an impulse decision. Getting a puppy requires careful thought and planning,” says Lynette Brown, President of Dogs NSW.

Dogs NSW is a globally recognised peak body that promotes breeding, showing, trialling, obedience and other canine-related activities, and the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs, registered with the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC)  in NSW.

“If you want to get a purebred dog, consider your lifestyle, such as where you live, and how much time you can spend with your dog. What will you do with your dog when you go on holiday?” asked Mrs Brown.

"The purchase price can be very little compared to the ongoing costs of care for your hound. Are you prepared to keep your dog happy and healthy with daily exercise, mental stimulation and regular veterinary checks for its entire life?

“Australia is home to about 200 pure breeds and each breed has different needs. It is possible to narrow down the choices to those with attributes which most clearly fit into your personal lifestyle and interests,” she said.

“What make purebred dogs unique are their purpose and predictability as to size, characteristics, temperament and appearance. This makes them the ideal family pets and wonderful working dogs that bring both assistance and comfort to mankind.”

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If you have decided to buy a purebred dog, the next step is to choose a responsible breeder registered with Dogs NSW (ANKC) so you know your puppy is coming from a healthy and happy home, said Mrs Brown.

“You may have to wait for your purebred puppy from a registered breeder. Making a quick puppy purchase online is not a good idea, as you could be dealing with a puppy farm,” she warned.

ANKC-registered breeders who abide by the Council’s breeding codes and guidelines carefully consider health issues, temperament and genetic screening, as well as individual care and placement of puppies in proper homes, explained Mrs Brown.

“To help stamp out irresponsible breeding, prospective dog owners must educate themselves about the breed, any inherited diseases and recommended health testing for that breed,” she said.

Dogs NSW and Breed Clubs are available to assist the public locate ethical and credible breeders of healthy dogs, including older purebred dogs. Dogs NSW also offers owners of registered purebreds a variety of activities and events to participate in and socialise with others of similar interests.

Puppies for Christmas credit Oksun70DreamstimeFor a list of registered breeders and breed clubs, visit www.dogsnsw.org.au. For more information, contact Dogs NSW on (02) 9834 3022 or email




Media Contacts

Brian Crump
Dogs NSW media
0419 417 813 

Caroline Zambrano
0403 550 730

Puppies for Christmas credit Batkova ElenaAbout Dogs NSW
Dogs NSW is the controlling body of purebred, pedigreed dog breeding and exhibiting in New South Wales. As the peak body for dogs in NSW, Dogs NSW promotes responsible dog breeding, showing, obedience, agility, working and sporting dog trials and other canine-related activities, as well as the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs by individuals in NSW. 

Dogs NSW has over 10,000 members, with over 300 affiliated breed and kennel clubs throughout NSW. More than 50 of these affiliated clubs conduct dog training classes as a community service in local government areas, normally on a weekly basis. Dogs NSW is a member body of the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC).

To discover more, visit www.dogsnsw.org.au