Statement: Unlicensed Breeder in BBC1's Watchdog

21st April 2018 - 12:09 PM

Puppy farming is an abhorrent trade. Volume breeders require a local authority licence, which the breeder in BBC1's Watchdog did not have.  To help protect puppy buyers from puppy farmers we require proof of a local authority breeding licence from those who register more than four litters, or five if it’s the first time the breeder has registered this number, in any 12-month period.  His registrations with us were under this threshold, so he was not on our radar as a large scale breeder. 

It is vital that anybody who has concerns about a breeder, should immediately report this to the RSPCA and relevant local authority. If an unscrupulous breeder is convicted in court we can block that breeder’s registrations to help safeguard other puppy buyers.

The Kennel Club is reliant on the effectiveness of the licensing regime to check volume breeders. However, breeders who are members of our Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme, have their premises checked and inspected by us and  must comply with the scheme's rules to help to safeguard the health and welfare of their pups. This gives puppy buyers the best chance of getting a healthy, well bred puppy. For more details about this UKAS accredited scheme visit

To find out more about how to help stop puppy farming visit

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