What is a dog breeding licence?
If you run a business that breeds and sells dogs, you will need a dog breeding licence.
As well as the advertising of a business of selling dogs, the specifics of this licence also include the breeding three or more litters of puppies in any 12-month period as stated in the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.
What is a dog breeder?
A person who intentionally mates dogs to produce puppies is referred to as a dog breeder. Breeding of a dog involves mating selected dogs with the intent to maintain or produce specific qualities and characteristics.
A licenced dog breeder should have specialist knowledge in the dogs they are caring for and a clear understanding of its needs and welfare - i.e. mental and physical health and feeding.
They should also have an understanding of risks involved in caring for the dogs, including an extensive risk assessment and written policies and procedures that are reviewed regularly.
If it is a dog breeding business, there should be training procedures in place to make sure staff know what is expected of them when handling and caring for the dogs.
As part of the application for a dog breeding licence, a vet or inspector assigned from your local council will visit and inspect your dogs.
During the inspection, the dogs will be assessed on the following:
- Ensure that the dogs live in suitable accommodation
- Ensure that the dogs receive adequate food, water and bedding
- Ensure that the dogs get enough exercise
- Ensure that the dogs are transported in safe and comfortable conditions
- Ensure that the dogs are protected in case of fire or any other type of emergency
- Ensure that the dogs are protected from the spread of disease
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.