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Dog Breeding

Breeding and Sale of Dogs

Dog breeding

Breeding of Dogs Act 1973
Breeding of Dogs Act 1991
Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999

Regardless of the number of litters produced in a 12 month period, anyone in the business of breeding and selling dogs requires a licence.  A licence is also required by anyone producing five litters or more in a 12 month period regardless of whether they are doing it as a business.

There are restrictions on the number of litters a bitch may have, 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:-

Records including:-

•    identifying marks (tattoo/microchip, kennel club registration)
•    date of mating
•    details of litter
•    sales records
•    Standard operating procedures for disease and infection control, cleaning, socialisation, health and welfare

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

Can be found by selecting the following link to the Model licence conditions and guidance for dog breeding establishments produced by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health:

CIEH Model Licence Conditions and Guidance for Dog Breeding Establishments

Updated: 02/11/2015

Get in touch with Kettering Borough Council

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

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