Any person who keeps a breeding establishment for dogs at any premises and carries on at those premises a business of breeding dogs for sale must obtain a licence.

The number of litters produced does not necessarily dictate whether or not a licence is required but a person will be presumed to be carrying on a business where during any 12 month period five or more litters are born to their bitches. This includes bitches kept:

  • by any person at the premises
  • by any relative of the person at the premises
  • elsewhere by the person
  • anywhere by the person under a breeding arrangement/contact with another person

The premises will be inspected by an authorised vet.

Further information

We have model conditions that all premises must comply with.


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Apply online: Dog breeding online application

Download: Dog breeding application form

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