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Dog breeding licence

Definition of a breeding establishment

Eligibility criteria

Apply for a licence

Record keeping

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If you wish to run a business which breeds dogs for sale and your bitches have five or more litters in any 12 month period, you must get a licence from the local authority.

Definition of a breeding establishment

A breeding establishment is defined as any premises, including a private home, where a business of breeding dogs for sale is carried out.

You will need a dog breeding licence if you keep bitches at any premises and they give birth to five or more litters during a period of 12 months. This includes bitches kept:

  • by any person at the premises
  • by any relative of the person at the premises
  • elsewhere by the person, or
  • anywhere by the person under a breeding arrangement or contract with another person.

Eligibility criteria

You must not be disqualified from:

  • keeping a breeding establishment for dogs
  • keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
  • having custody of animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954, or
  • keeping a boarding establishment for animals under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.

When processing your application, we will consider the following:

  • That the dogs will be kept in suitable accommodation at all times. We review the construction, size, temperature, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness for the number of dogs to be housed in it.
  • Suitable food, drink and bedding will be provided and that the dogs are exercised and visited regularly.
  • That steps are in place to protect the dogs in case of fire or other emergency.
  • That steps are taken to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
  • That bitches are not mated if they are less than one year old.
  • That bitches do not give birth to more than six litters of puppies each.
  • That bitches do not give birth to puppies within the 12 month period since they last gave birth.

Apply for a licence

An pdf icon application fee [210kb] must be paid when you make your pdf icon application for a dog breeding licence [23kb].

We will confirm that we have received both your application and fee in writing and arrange to carry out an inspection of your premises.

We will be joined on this inspection by a veterinary surgeon or approved practitioner who will submit a report on whether the premises are suitable.

A licence, if granted, will be subject to the standard pdf icon licence conditions for a breeding establishment [15kb].

Record keeping

Accurate pdf icon records [13kb] for each breeding bitch must be kept at the premises and made available for inspection by an authorised officer.

 

Opening Times

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