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Dog breeding

If you wish to open a dog breeding establishment you need to have a licence. A breeding establishment is any premises where the business of breeding dogs for sale is carried on, including over the internet and from home.

What we must consider

We must be sure that the following conditions are met before we issue a licence:

  • that animals will be kept in suitable accommodation
  • adequate food and drink will be provided
  • any mammalian animals will not be sold too young
  • that steps are taken to prevent disease spreading among the animals
  • that adequate fire and emergency provisions are in place

How to apply

Please contact us to apply.

What it costs

Dog breeding Licence (initial or renewal) excluding vet fees - vets fees are charged in addition to the fees below based on full cost recovery:are charged in addition to the fees below based on full cost recovery:

 2018/20192019/2020
1 - 4 dogs£130.00£140.00
5 - 9 dogs£235.00£250.00
10 + dogs£300.00£300.00

The licence will be valid for 1 year.

If you have any concerns over a dog breeding establishment, please see our Animal welfare pages.

Defra Guidance notes for Breeding Dogs [603KB]

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