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Dog breeding licence

You require a dog breeding licence if you keep a breeding establishment for dogs at any premises and carry on a business of breeding dogs for sale at those premises. You will be treated as carrying on a business of breeding dogs if litters are born to five or more bitches in any 12 month period, unless none of them is sold.

It should be noted that the meaning of "bitches" is wider than might be supposed. It includes any bitches:

  • kept by any relative of yours at the premises
  • kept by you elsewhere than at the premises
  • kept anywhere by any person at any time under a "breeding arrangement" made with you - this means a contract etc. under which you agree that someone else may keep a bitch on terms that, should the bitch give birth, then that person will provide you with one or more of the puppies or the whole or part of the proceeds of selling any of them.

Dog breeding domestic standard conditions (PDF, 4 pages, 22 kb)

Dog breeding non domestic standard conditions (PDF, 7 pages, 29 kb)

Dog breeders registered (PDF, 1 page, 96kb)

In order to make an application online, you must complete the following form:

Apply for a breeding establishment for dogs licence (Word doc 142KB)

For further information, please submit an Enquiry Form.


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Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

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Phone: 01653 600666

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