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Breeding of Dogs

A licence is needed under the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals)(England) Regulations 2018 if, for business purposes, any of the following apply:

  • Anyone breeding three or more litters, and selling at least one puppy in a 12 month period will require a licence.
  • A breeder can breed as many puppies as they without a licence 'if the person carrying out the activity (breeding) provides documentary evidence that none of them have been sold (whether as puppies or as adult dogs)'.
  • If a breeder has one or two litters per 12 months and are selling the puppies, a licence may be required if you are deemed to be advertising as a business.
  • A new star rating has also been introduced to encourage high performing breeding establishments, and to help the public identify good breeders.

To be eligible for a licence, it is a requirement that meet the minimum standards set out in the guidance notes.

View guidance notes for Dog Breeding.
How do I apply for the licence?
To apply for a licence you should download, complete and submit the Breeding of Dogs application form to the address below.
 

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