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You must have a dog breeding licence if you breed 5 or more puppy litters during any 12 month period.

In Scotland, you may need a licence for a smaller amount of litters, depending on your local authority.


Contact your local authority.


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

Length of licence

Your licence will be valid for 1 year.

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

Contact the Kennel Club for more detailed information on breeding dogs.

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