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Dog breeding

You cannot breed dogs without getting a licence from us.

A breeding establishment means anywhere where more than two bitches are kept for the purposes of breeding for sale.

How to apply

To apply for a dog breeding licence, please fill in the dog breeding licence application form (PDF/12KB/1 Page) or dog breeding licence application form (DOC/25KB/1page).

There is an application fee of £217.50 (cheques made payable to SLDC) plus Vets fees.

Once you have completed the form, return it, any relevant documents and the licence fee to the licensing group.

You cannot get a licence if you are disqualified under any of the following:

a) The Breeding of Dogs Act 1973
b) The Pet Animals Act 1951
c) The Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
d) The Protection of Animals (Cruelty to Dogs) (Scotland) Act 1934


Licences expire on the 31 December of the year to which they relate and must be renewed before that date if the premises are to continue as a dog breeding establishment.

Our duties

To get a licence you must demonstrate to our licensing inspector:

  • that the dogs will at all times be kept in accommodation that is suitable in respect of construction, size of quarters, number of occupants, exercising facilities, temperature, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness
  • that the dogs will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding material, adequately exercised, and (so far as is necessary) visited at suitable intervals
  • that all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread amongst the dogs of infectious or contagious diseases, including the provision of isolation facilities
  • that appropriate steps will be taken for the protection of the dogs in case of fire or other emergency, including the provision of suitable and sufficient fire fighting equipment
  • that all appropriate steps will be taken to ensure the dogs will be provided with suitable food, drink and bedding material and adequately exercised when being transported to or from the breeding establishment

A licence may be refused on other grounds if the conditions are not suitable for dog breeding.

Each licence is subject to standard conditions imposed on all of the dog breeding establishments we license.

A licence may also contain special conditions that only apply to your premises.

Your right of appeal

You can appeal to the Magistrates' Court if you disagree with our decision not to give you a licence or the conditions of the licence. The court will make a decision on your appeal.

Offences and penalties

  1. Anybody found guilty of keeping a dog breeding establishment without a licence, or not keeping to the conditions of the licence, could be fined up to £2,500.
  2. Anybody found guilty of obstructing or delaying an Inspector or authorised veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner in the exercising of their powers may be fined up to £1,000.

If found guilty your licence could be cancelled and you could be disqualified from keeping a dog breeding establishment for as long as the court thinks fit.

A copy of the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 can be viewed at South Lakeland House.