Dog breeding licence

Activities that do not require a licence

  • Breeders who can provide documented evidence, if requested, that none of the puppies were sold or that they kept all the puppies themselves. Documented evidence will need to include records of the new owners of all the puppies and provide details on why there was no transaction involved (including in kind). 
  • Registered charities that re-home puppies that are born to rescue dogs, unless such registered charities are in practice running this element of their operations as a commercial activity. 
  • Anyone breeding only assistance dogs as defined in the Equality Act 2010. 
  • Anyone keeping a dog under the Animal Health Act 1981. 
  • Organisations regulated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. 
  • Breeders that breed a small number of puppies (that is, less than 3 litters per year), and that sell them without making a profit.