Dog Breeding Licence
We licence dog breeding establishments to ensure the accommodation and welfare facilities are suitable for the animals and arrangements are in place to control the spread of infectious disease.
Under the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999, a person keeping a breeding establishment for dogs is required to hold a licence issued by us.
As defined in the CIEH Model Licence Conditions and Guidance for Dog Breeding Establishments a Breeding Establishment any premises where the business of breeding dogs for sale is carried out. The reference to five litters per establishment per year within the legislation should not be considered a minimum threshold for requiring a licence. To be clear, an establishment breeding less than five litters would require a licence, where the dogs are bred for sale as a business.
There is an application fee payable at the time an application is made. The applicant will also be required to pay the cost of inspections carried out by our authorised Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary Practitioner, who will assess suitability of the accommodation and facilities.
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