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Dog Breeding

Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999

A licence is required if a person whose bitches give birth to 5 or more litters in any 12 month period, as it is assumed they are carrying on a dog breeding business.

NB. There are restrictions on the number of litters a bitch may have, and each bitch must be over a year old and can only have one litter in each 12 month period.

During an inspection the following areas will be assessed:-

Record keeping including:-

  • identifying marks (tattoo/microchip, kennel club registration)
  • disease and infection control
  • matings
  • whelpings
  • oestrus
  • numbers of puppies
  • sales records

Housekeeping including:-

  • accommodation
  • construction
  • cleanliness and disinfection
  • bedding
  • exercise areas - condition and use
  • kitchen facilities
  • first aid provision - human and animal
  • food and water - storage and provision
  • isolation facilities
  • staff training and facilities
  • emergency procedures and fire prevention

Further information and Advice

Guidance and conditions for local authorities and their authorised officers and veterinary inspectors for the licensing of breeding establishments available from:

The British Veterinary Association
7 Mansfield Street

Full information can be found in the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (welfare) Act 1999

Updated: 19/03/2014

Get in touch with Kettering Borough Council

Email: customerservices@kettering.gov.uk. Telephone: 01536 410333.

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