Dog breeding licence (Scotland)

How to get a licence to breed dogs in Scotland, and the conditions you must meet.

Applies to Scotland

Contact your local council to check if you need a licence to breed dogs, get information about costs and find out how to apply.

You need this licence if you:

  • run a business that breeds and sells dogs
  • breed 5 or more litters in a year and sell any of the puppies


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.

Published 20 April 2020