Establishments used for the breeding of dogs are controlled by the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973.

It is an offence for any person to keep a dog breeding establishment unless we have licensed it.

"Keeping" means carrying on a business of breeding dogs with a view to them being sold, whether by their keeper or by any other person.

A dog breeding licence will not be issued if you have been 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

For further detail on this legislation, please contact us.

To apply for a dog breeding licence you must do so by post. The fee for a new application is £170. It must be submitted on application (vet's fees are additional to this amount and are payable directly to the vet at inspection).

Further information about dog breeders licences

We recommend you submit your application to us as soon as possible because your application could take up to two months to be administered.

We will send a copy of your application to our Animal Control and Enforcement Section who will arrange to inspect your premises. During busy times, for example at the end of the year when there are a large number of renewals of licenses, it is not guaranteed that an appointment will be made straight away.

The earlier your application is submitted, therefore, the more likely you are to have your licence issued for when your business starts or when your previous licence expires.

Licences run for a one year period from the date the licence is granted. They must be renewed before that date if you would like to continue breeding dogs.


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