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Dog breeding licence

You must have a dog breeding licence if you breed and sell dogs.

The licence is required under the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 and will be valid for 1 year.

You can ask for more information about the licence and its conditions before applying.  

Apply for a licence

To request an application form for a dog breeding licence phone 01634 333 333.

A vet or other inspector will visit and want to see that your dogs:

  • live in suitable accommodation
  • receive adequate food, water and bedding
  • get enough exercise
  • are transported in safe and comfortable conditions
  • are protected in case of fire or other emergency
  • are protected from the spread of disease

If your licence application is refused

You will not be given a licence if you’ve been convicted of any animal welfare offences or do not meet the criteria to be a suitable dog breeder.

If you feel you have been wrongly refused a licence, you can appeal to the Magistrate's Court.

Renew your licence

You must renew your dog breeding licence every year, before the expiry date, if you wish to continue as a dog breeder.