Dog Breeding Licence

While a dog may be a man’s best friend, without a dog breeding licence, you won’t be able to run a business that breeds and sells dogs.


Dog Breeding Licence


Local Council

COST £345.00
VALID FOR 1 year

Licence pre-application

Prepare for dog inspection

Application for dog breeding licence

A plan of the premises
Insurance Policy
Operating Procedures
Infectious Control Procedures
Safeguarding Procedures
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What is a dog breeding licence?

Do you run a business that breeds and sells dogs? If yes, then you need a dog breeding license.


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As well as the advertising of a business of selling dogs, the specifics of this license also include breeding three or more litters of puppies in any 12 months, as stated in the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.


What is a dog breeder?

What is a dog breeder?

A dog breeder is a person who intentionally mates dogs to produce puppies.

Breeding of a dog involves mating selected dogs with the intent to maintain or produce specific qualities and characteristics.


Remember: A licensed dog breeder should have specialist knowledge in the dogs.


What should a dog breeder know?

One should have a clear understanding of the needs and welfare of the dogs, i.e., mental and physical health and feeding.

A dog breeder should also have an understanding of the risks involved in caring for the dogs, including an extensive risk assessment and written policies and procedures that are reviewed regularly.


Did you know: Data shows that the most popular dog breeds in the UK are Labrador retriever and French bulldog.




As part of the application for a dog breeding license, a vet or inspector assigned from your local council will visit and inspect your dogs.


During the inspection, they need to ensure in the following:


The dogs live in suitable accommodation.


The dogs receive adequate food, water, and bedding.


The dogs get enough exercise.


The dogs are transported in safe and comfortable conditions.


The dogs are protected in case of fire or any other type of emergency.


The dogs are protected from the spread of disease.



Tips: Look for books written by veterinarians e.g. Canine Reproduction: A Breeder’s Guide, 3rd edition by Dr. Phyllis A. Holst, or The Complete Book of Dog Breeding by Dr. Dan Rice.



How to apply for a dog breeding licence

Dog breeding applications must be made via your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.


No. If you run a business that breeds and sells dogs, you will need a dog breeding licence. If you continue to breed dogs as an advertised business without a dog breeding licence, you may be fined.
A dog breeding licence will be valid for one year. You must renew your licence before the expiry date if you wish to continue as a dog breeder.
Yes. If you breed and selling dogs, you must have a dog breeding licence. This does not have to be your primary business or occupation and could be your hobby.  

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