According to the Kennel Club, tens of thousands of puppies suffer because of ignorance, which is why it has announced Puppy Awareness Week 2012.
The event will take place between September 8th and 14th. It aims to help people find healthy, happy puppies that suit their lifestyles.
It is hoped the week will also raise awareness about the lives of breeding bitches and puppies born at puppy farms.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, said: "Puppy farms churn out litter after litter of undernourished and badly cared for puppies and then sell them on to unsuspecting owner.
"We are providing information during Puppy Awareness Week to help people understand how to buy a healthy, happy puppy."
She added that too many people are buying puppies from irresponsible breeders without realising that these animals will probably end up with health and behavioural problems.
Puppy Awareness Week will provide information on how to find a good breeder and the questions that should be asked.
The Kennel Club recently found that one in four people may have bought their dog from a puppy farm.