On the 1st of October 2018, the Animal Welfare Act (2006) has enforced and tightened up the law regarding dog breeding.
New enforcement addressed several loopholes of the previous law. This entails stringent restrictions on breeding licences and the local authorities that produce them. This includes a new definition of a person who is selling dogs as a business as well as improving the transparency about the said sellers.
One is required a licence and classified as a business under these conditions:
- Anyone selling three or more litters within twelve months (wherein it was five or more in the previous legislation).
- Anyone breeding and selling dogs for commercial purposes.
Classification on selling dogs as a business
Further changes were made to the Animal Welfare Act (2006) as to the definition of a person selling dogs as a business. You will be considered having a business selling dogs when you:
- Breed puppies to make commercial gains
- Breed from a dog to make profits even when the dog is your pet
- Sell three or more litters within twelve months
Pet breeding law requirements when classified as a dog seller business
Once you are classified as a business dog seller, you will be required to register a breeding licence. These will be given by your local council and will remain effective in between one to three years.
The following are the details you have to include in any of your adverts for any dog or puppy:
- Breeder licence number
- Local authority that gave you an issuance of the licence
- A visible and recognisable photo of the particular dog being sold
- Age of the dog
- County origin of the dog
- Country of residence of the dog