A consultation by DEFRA on the review of animal establishments
licensing in England is currently underway and this could have
considerable ramifications for dog breeders.
It is clear that the issue of irresponsible dog breeding and
'puppy farming' has come under increasing scrutiny over the past
few years, and in 2014 this was the subject of a debate in the
House of Commons.
The Government has signalled their intention to address this
situation by lowering the litter threshold for which breeders must
obtain a breeding licence from their local authority from five
litters to three litters in a twelve month period. . Alongside this
proposal the Government is also considering providing an exemption
for breeders regulated by a UKAS accredited scheme such as the ABS
from requiring a separate local authority licence.
It is no coincidence that the Government, and particularly
DEFRA, have paid particular attention to the ABS since it achieved
certification by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)
which remains the sole accreditation body recognised by
Given that exempting ABS members from a separate local authority
licensing regime would be such welcome news for us and our ABS
members, we will be drafting a template letter for you to send
directly to Defra, solely to show support for this particular
Should you wish to respond to the consultation in full you can
do so by visiting DEFRA and responding by March 12th.
The Kennel Club is happy to provide further information or
advice on responding to the consultation for Assured Breeders,
should this be of interest please contact Ed Hayes - firstname.lastname@example.org.