If you want to breed dogs you will need to apply for a license. You can get one by filling in the form below.
When do I need a license?
You will require a license if you:
- Breed more than two litters of puppies in any 12 month period (unless you can show that none of the puppies has been sold)
- You advertise a business of breeding dogs and sell puppies. It doesn’t matter how many dogs you breed each year.
How long does a license last?
Licences will be issued for either one, two or three years depending on the risk rating given following an inspection.
You will need to explain about the animals you wish to breed, how you will look after them and the premises you will be using. You will also need information about your public liability insurance.
‘Lucy’s Law’ means that anyone wanting to get a new puppy or kitten in England must now buy direct from a breeder, or consider adopting from a rescue centre instead.
Licensed dog breeders are required to show puppies interacting with their mothers in their place of birth. If a business sells puppies or kittens without a licence, they could receive an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to six months.