Unlicensed sellers

About Doberman Pinscher dogs

The problems with unlicensed sellers

UK Dobermans have become aware of a number of illegal unlicensed sellers advertising cheap cropped and docked Doberman puppies for sale online (see here). We strongly advise you to avoid entering into these illegal sales arrangements no matter how attractive they may initially appear. The likelihood of problems arising as a consequence of these illicit purchases is very high and the recourse for you as a consumer is virtually non-existent.

As a fully licensed pet shop and registered business in the UK, all purchases you make through UK Dobermans are fully covered by the Consumer Rights Act 2015 so with us you're covered.

The law on importing dogs into the UK for commercial purposes is very clear and failure to observe the relevant procedures and hold the appropriate licences is a criminal offence. For example, dogs must be fully vaccinated and imported through the Trade Control and Export System (TRACES). Dogs must be accompanied by a valid Intra Trade Animal Health Certificate (ITAHC) and are only to be sold by licensed pet shops whose licences entitle them to sell the specific breed of dog as set out within the terms of their licence. The full legislation for the movement and sale of animals is governed by the Pet Animals Act 1951, the full details of which can be found here.

There are numerous reasons as to why these rules are in place, some of these reasons include;

  • To prevent the spread of non – native diseases into the UK
  • To provide traceability of origin should an outbreak of disease occur
  • To ensure the welfare needs of animals are met during transport and whilst under vendors care
  • To protect animals against neglect and cruelty
  • To protect consumers against buying sick or banned animals

The Dogs Trust recently conducted an investigation into the illegal importation and sale of puppies in England the full details of which can be found here. We also advise you to watch the video below for an example of the abuses that frequently occur as a direct consequence of buying from unlicensed sellers:

Many people are enticed by the low prices these illegal sellers advertise at – indeed we were amazed when we saw them advertised for as little as £1300. The reality however, is that a pure bred cropped and docked Doberman puppy purchased directly from a respected Romanian or Hungarian kennels costs over £1700. That is before you take into account the veterinarian fees, importation, transportation and care cost of the puppy that UK Dobermans meet.

If you want a cheap Doberman from questionable lineage with fake papers that has been illegally imported through the pet travel scheme that may be seized as soon as you visit your vet, then look elsewhere as UK Dobermans is not the place to come. On the other hand, should wish to have a true lifelong companion provided by the UK's only dedicated licensed seller then we would love to meet you!