Dog breeding across the UK

England 

(England from October 2018)

A breeding licence will be required for anyone breeding three or more litters in a 12 month period unless they can show that none of the puppies have been sold. This is a reduction from the previous litter test of five or more litters.

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Wales

A person carries on the activity of dog breeding for the purposes of section if that person keeps on premises three or more breeding bitches and—

a) breeds on those premises three or more litters of puppies in any 12 month period;

(b) advertises for sale from those premises a puppy or puppies born from three or more litters of puppies for sale in any 12 month period;

c) supplies from those premises a puppy or puppies born from three or more litters of puppies in any 12 month period; or

(d) advertises a business of breeding or selling puppies from those premises.

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Scotland 

Anyone in the business of breeding and/or bred five or more litters in a 12 month period (as long as at least one puppy is sold)

Scottish regulations currently under review.

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Northern Ireland 

“breeding establishment” means one or more premises, within the same district council area, operated by the same person from which that person keeps three or more breeding bitches

(a) breeds three or more litters of puppies in any 12 month period;

(b) advertises three or more litters of puppies for sale in any 12 month period;

(c) supplies three or more litters of puppies in any 12 month period; or

(d) advertises a business of breeding or selling of puppies;

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