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Licensing of dog breeding establishments

Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999



Establishments used for the breeding of dogs are controlled by the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 and 1991 and the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999.

No person may keep a breeding establishment without first obtaining a licence from their Local Authority.

A breeding establishment means any premises where more than two bitches are kept for the purposes of breeding for sale.  Applications for a licence must be made to the local authority, and a licence may be issued if the applicant is not disqualified under any of the following Acts.

  • The Breeding of Dogs Act 1973.
  • The Pet Animals Act 1951.
  • The Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954.
  • The Protection of Animals (Cruelty to Dogs) (Scotland) Act 1934.

There is an application fee which must be paid at the time the application is made.

Download the dog breeding application form

Where a licence is granted, that licence and any subsequent licence will expire on the 31st December of the year to which the licence relates and must be renewed before that date if the premises are to continue as a dog breeding establishment.