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?

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.


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 1 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 main business or occupation and could be your hobby.