It's a sad reality but the demand for designer dogs - at this time of year - is fuelling the illegal puppy trade.
Tiny Pugs, French Bulldogs and Chow Chow puppies are being smuggled into Britain from Europe to be sold online to unsuspecting families.
Many are unwell, unvaccinated and taken from their mothers too young. Our Correspondent, Derek Johnson has been to a quarantine kennel where puppies are being cared for.
A dog-owner from Sussex has Europe's first-ever litter of the world's rarest breed of dog.
Catherine Lane from Brighton is not only the first owner of Phu Quoc Ridgebacks in Europe, but also the first to successfully breed a litter of puppies.
Catherine travelled all the way to Vietnam to buy the parent dogs, which are so rare there are only 800 registered in the world.
She's been offered up to £10,000 for each of the four puppies.
Seven adorable puppies were abandoned in a laundry bucket on the side of a road in Surrey in freezing temperatures.
The scared seven-week-old pups were found by a member of the public, where they were left scared and cold with no food or water.
It's thought the puppies were bred as Christmas presents but failed to sell.
Battersea has had an influx of pre-Christmas puppies this year with 14 puppies arriving, all under the age of 12 weeks.
This includes a 10 week old Mongrel, a 14-week-old Rottweiler, a five month old Labrador, and four five-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
Vets treating three puppies abandoned in a cardboard box in Kent say it is one of the worst neglect cases they have ever seen. The dogs were left outside the Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre in Biggin Hill with sores and high temperatures. It's believed they were left after they couldn't be sold by a dog breeder.
They were rushed to a vets for urgent treatment, suffering from mange, sores, worms and high temperatures.
As well the puppies, a cockerel, two rabbits and an unneutured cat were left at Foal Farm
The public are being urged to donate towards the huge cost towards getting these puppies back to health.
Kent Police, who are investigating the theft of seven puppies, believe now is the time they will be offered up for sale.
The spaniel puppies were stolen back in December during a break-in in Matfield, Kent.
The litter would now be aged 7-8 weeks old, the perfect age to sell on.
Detective Constable Sarah Jacobs has urged members of the public to report anyone suspicious who may be trying to sell puppies.
She said, "We are asking people to think very carefully if they are offered spaniel puppies for sale."
Six of the puppies are described as chocolate coloured, two of which have white markings. The other puppy is black with two white rear paws.
Anyone with information should call 01622 604 356, quoting YY/025769/13.
Five bulldog puppies have been stolen from a property in Mooredown, Bournemouth.
They were stolen sometime between 10am and 10:30am on Monday 4th November from a house on Lystra Road.
The offenders forced their way into the garden shed and stole the cross breed puppies.
Police Constable Richard Stroud, of Bournemouth Police, said, "This incident has caused the victim great upset and he is extremely keen to get the dogs back.
"The puppies are only 3 weeks old and are heavily dependent on their mother, so it is important they are returned.
"They are white with black patches.
"I urge anyone who has been offered bulldog cross puppies in strange circumstances or for an unusually low price to report this to Dorset Police."
Witnesses should call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 04:144.
Video. It has only been three weeks since we last saw them but, in that time, they have got bigger and a lot more feisty. Flash and Flicker are two German Shepard puppies training to be police dogs. Since we last saw them, they have left the police kennels and are now living with local families.
Heather Edwards caught up with them on their first day of basic training and found they have a long way to go before they will be ready to work.
The RSPCA is appealing for information after a member of the public reported finding a shoebox containing two puppies on their doorstep in Beggarswood in Basingstoke. Someone had knocked at the door at around 9pm on the 8th January, but left before it was opened, leaving behind the two small dogs.
The puppies are around seven weeks old. When they were found they both had hair loss and a skin condition believed to be mange. The female black terrier puppy had a discharge coming from her eyes.
The puppies were collected by RSPCA Inspector Jan Edwards the day after being found. She is investigating what happened and said:
"Luckily, these puppies were found quickly so they were still fairly warm but they were quiet and no doubt stressed by their ordeal.
"Where they were left is on a street which is close to a parade of shops and a car park so we are hoping someone may have seen the person responsible, even if they were not aware at the time what the shoe box contained.
"I would urge anyone with information about this incident to come forward so we can ensure no other animal is in danger or in need of treatment.
"Abandoning animals is cowardly and totally unacceptable and I would urge anyone with information about the person involved to please come forward."
Under the Animal Welfare Act of 2006 anyone who is found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, faces up to six months in prison and/or a fine of £20,000.