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Licence to keep a dog breeding establishment
Conditions subject to which the licence is granted

Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 as amended by the Breeding and Sale of Dogs Welfare Act 1999

A copy of these conditions is to be suitably displayed in a prominent position in the breeding establishment.

Indoor Breeders

  • Premises including a private house in which dogs are kept for breeding, shall be kept in a clean and hygienic condition.
  • The whelping area shall, at all times, be kept in a clean and hygienic condition.
  • Where dogs are maintained for long periods of time in 'hutch type' cages within the house, these must be of sufficient size for the dog to stand up and turn around comfortably. The construction of the cages must be of suitable materials.
  • The animals used for breeding must be kept in good condition in respect of cleanliness of skin and body weight in relation to breed, and generally maintained in good health.
  • All animals must be adequately exercised.
  • The temperature in the building must be adequate to the breed of dog.
  • Suitable and adequate ventilation and lighting must be provided.
  • The dog must have wholesome drinking water available at all times.
  • Animals shall be provided with adequate and suitable food.
  • Adequate food storage must be provided and food should be in vermin proofed containers. Refrigeration facilities should be provided where fresh meat is used.
  • Utensils used for food should be thoroughly cleansed after each meal or alternatively be of a throw-away type.
  • Suitable bedding materials shall be provided.
  • All reasonable precautions shall be taken to prevent and control the spread amongst animals of infectious or contagious disease.
  • The licensee shall ensure that, at all times, a responsible person is in or within reasonable distance from the premises for the purpose of giving warning and taking other necessary steps in the event of fire or other emergency.
  • At no time shall the number of breeding bitches in the boarding kennels exceed the number for which the establishment is licensed.
  • A register must be kept of all bitches in the establishment, their ages, dates of heat periods, mating and whelping.
  • Arrangements shall be made by the licensee at his/her own expense to have a veterinary surgeon's services available in case of emergency of suspected infection within the kennels.
  • The licensee shall, at all reasonable times, give access to any person duly authorised by the Local Authority to enter and inspect the premises and any animal thereon and to examine the register which is kept as a condition of this licence.
  • Where dogs are being transported to or from breeding establishments and in particular where bitches are travelling to studs unaccompanied and puppies are similarly consigned, the following conditions shall apply, namely the receptacle in which a bitch and/or puppies is to be carried, should be soundly constructed in a manner which is not likely to cause injury to animals therein and be maintained in a good state of repair; it should be suitable in material and dimensions for the animal(s) carried therein; it should not be overcrowded, and in the case of puppies, not more than two should be carried in any one receptacle, and those puppies should be of similar sizes; the receptacle should have securely attached thereto, a label or similar form of notice clearly indicating that the receptacle contains live animals, and another label clearly indicating the person to whom the animals are consigned, together with that person's address; the receptacle should bear a sign indicating the upright position thereof.
  • It is the duty of the person consigning the animal(s) to inform the recipient previously of the intended time of dispatch and also of the expected time of arrival at destination.

Outdoor Breeders

  • Accommodation provided for bitches and puppies should be, in all respects, suitable as regards construction, size of quarters, exercising and whelping facilities, temperature, ventilation and cleanliness, with special regard to the breeds maintained.
  • Natural or artificial lighting of individual kennels should be sufficient to allow the property working and cleaning of kennels with no dark areas.
  • The kennels should be of sufficient size for the dog to stand up and turn around comfortably. If a bench is provided in the sleeping area, there should be, in addition, an area of similar size unbenched.
  • All excreta and soiled material should be removed at least twice daily from living areas and at least once daily from exercise area. The floor of the living areas must be kept clean and dry.
  • All exercise runs should have an area by the entrance, which is paved or surfaced with other suitable materials in order to prevent undue fouling of the ground.
  • All animals accommodated at the premises must be provided with bedding material suitable to the breeds kept and must be given adequate exercise. Where sleeping benches are provided, these should be of such dimensions to allow an adult dog of the breed maintained, to lie out flat on its side.
  • Facilities should be provided for the disposal of all used bedding and other waste material in a manner approved by the Local Authority, and in a way not likely to cause harm or nuisance.
  • All animals must have a supply of wholesome drinking water at all time except in the case of very young puppies.
  • Animals should be adequately supplied with suitable food, and visited at suitable intervals.
  • Adequate precautions must be taken to ensure that all equipment and food utensils are first sterilised before use of throw-away utensils are used as an alternative.
  • The food preparation area and equipment must be kept clean and vermin free at all times. Refrigeration facilities should be provided where fresh meat is used.
  • All bulk supplies of food should be kept in vermin free containers.
  • Every precaution should be taken to eliminate flies throughout the kennel.
  • All heating appliances must be of such construction as to constitute no risk of fire and not to endanger the health and well-being of occupants. If free-standing oil appliances are used, they must be installed in an area inaccessible to dogs. All heating and lighting should be installed in accordance with normal good practice and advice on the subject should be obtained, where necessary, from a Fire Prevention Officer.
  • Animals and equipment should not be placed in such a position as to render ingress or egress difficult in case of fire.
  • The licensee should ensure that a responsible person is at all times in, or within reasonable distance, from the premises for the purpose of giving warning and taking other necessary steps in the event of fire or other emergency. In the case of premises which are locked up, outside normal working hours, the licensee should appoint a responsible person residing within a reasonable distance of the premises, to have custody of the key, the name and address of such persons to be displayed in legible characters at the premises and to be notified to the Local Fire Brigade. Where appropriate, adequate and efficient fire fighting apparatus (for example supply of water and sand and/or a fire extinguisher) should be provided at the premises.
  • To ensure adequate precautions against the spread of fire, the area around the kennels must be kept clear of any inflammable material or other material not used directly in or about the kennels, and where such an area is grassed, it shall, at all times, be kept cut short.
  • Washing and lavatory facilities should be available for the staff.
  • All reasonable precautions shall be taken to prevent and control spread amongst animals of infectious or contagious diseases.
  • At no time shall the number of breeding bitches in the boarding kennels exceed the number for which the establishment is licensed.
  • A register must be kept of all bitches in the establishment, their ages, dates of heat periods, mating and whelping.
  • Arrangements shall be made by the licensee at his own expense to have a veterinary surgeon's services available in case of emergency of suspected infection within the kennels.
  • The licensee shall, at all reasonable times, give access to any person duly authorised by the Local Authority to enter and inspect the premises and any animal, and to examine the register which is kept as a condition of this licence.
  • Where dogs are being transported to or from breeding establishments and in particular where bitches are travelling to studs unaccompanied and puppies are similarly consigned, the following conditions shall apply, namely the receptacle in which a bitch and/or puppies is to be carried, should be soundly constructed in a manner which is not likely to cause injury to animals therein and be maintained in a good state of repair; it should be suitable in material and dimensions for the animal(s) carried; it should not be overcrowded, and in the case of puppies, not more than two should be carried in any one receptacle, and those puppies should be of similar sizes; the receptacle should have a securely attached label or similar form of notice clearly indicating that it contains live animals, and another label clearly indicating the person to whom the animals are consigned, together with that person's address and contact details. The receptacle should bear a sign indicating the upright position.
  • It is the duty of the person consigning the animal(s) to inform the recipient previously of the intended time of dispatch and also of the expected time of arrival at destination.


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