Under the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973, those running a dog breeding establishment must obtain a licence which has a number of conditions to ensure that high standards of animal welfare are maintained.
It is widely believed that owners who breed less than 5 litters in a 12 month period do not require a licence. This assumption is incorrect and in fact a dog breeder must be licensed if he/she is in the business of breeding and selling dogs [trading], regardless of the number of litters produced in a 12 month period. This definition also applies to those who class themselves as ‘hobby’ breeders where the dogs are sold. The only exemption to the requirement to obtain a licence is if the dogs are given away for free which is seldom the case.
Any fit and proper person who is not disqualified from keeping animals may apply.
A licence cannot be granted to persons who are disqualified from keeping a breeding establishment for dogs, or from keeping a pet shop, or from keeping animals or from keeping a boarding establishment for animals.
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Once your application has been received, an officer will contact you as soon as possible, and within 28 days. The amount of time taken to determine the application will range depending on a number of factors, such as availability of a veterinary surgeon for the initial inspection and the amount of work required to comply with the licence conditions.
You will be expected to book and pay for the cost of the veterinary surgeon, and ensure that the Officer of the Council is able to attend at the time of the inspection. You should ensure that the Officer is given enough notice.
No. A dog breeding establishment must not be run without a licence.
A licence lasts for 12 months from the date of issue.
You can apply to the Magistrates' Court if your application is refused.
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