The Kennel Club will not normally register more than four
litters from any one bitch because of concerns that the current
legal limit of six litters per bitch can be potentially detrimental
to a dog's welfare.
It does not believe that reducing this further will help to
reduce the number of stray and abused dogs in the country, rather
that it would have a detrimental effect on the welfare of dogs.
The Kennel Club supports the work of breed rescue organisations
and other rehoming charities through the Kennel Club Charitable
Trust but there will always be a demand for registered pedigree
puppies, which are a better fit for some lifestyles than rescue
dogs. Reducing the number of litters produced by good breeders will
not ease the demand for puppies but will potentially push people
into the arms of puppy farmers instead.
The Kennel Club has been working to eradicate the cruel practice
of puppy farming by educating people about buying a dog responsibly
from a Kennel Club Assured Breeder, who puts the health and welfare
of their pups and breeding bitches first and foremost. Puppy
farmers, by contrast, breed alarming numbers of litters from
bitches, in poor conditions and separate the puppies from their
mother at a young age. The Kennel Club is concerned that these
unscrupulous breeders would see an increase in demand and would
breed to fill the gap in the market, exacerbating the situation of
abandoned and sick dogs.