New research by the Kennel Club has found that one in three owners do not see their puppy with its mother before they buy it.
Many puppies may need pet medication in later life because they are from puppy farms run by irresponsible breeders. If a breeder refuses to let you see a puppy with its mum it may be from a puppy farm.
March is one of the busiest months for people buying puppies, with searches for these animals up 33 per cent on the rest of the year.
The Kennel Club conducted the research to coincide with Mother’s Day. Bill Lambert, manager of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme, said: "Seeing mum not only helps you to find out how your puppy will be likely to turn out in terms of temperament and characteristics, but it also gives you the reassurance that it has been bred in a loving environment where it has been cared for and socialised properly."
The research also showed that one in ten people get a puppy before it is eight weeks old, with 55 per cent also not seeing the puppy in its breeding environment.
Marc Abraham, TV vet and Kennel Club advisor, added that puppies depend on their mums for their milk and to develop their socialisation skills. He said that if a breeder refuses to show the animal with its mother, then you should not buy it.