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Frequently asked questions about dog breeding

Find out answers to the most common questions we get asked about dog breeding.

What terms require a breeder to have a breeding license within your local authority (eg if they breed over a specific number of litters)?

We use The Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014 - Dog breeding: interpretation 5.—(1) A person carries on the activity of dog breeding for the purposes of section 13(1) of the Act if that person keeps on premises 3 or more breeding bitches and:

  1. breeds on those premises 3 or more litters of puppies in any 12 month period;
  2. advertises for sale from those premises a puppy or puppies born from 3 or more litters of puppies for sale in any 12 month period;
  3. supplies from those premises a puppy or puppies born from 3 or more litters of puppies in any 12 month period; or
  4. advertises a business of breeding or selling puppies from those premises.

How frequently do they need to renew their license?

The licences need to be renewed annually. Premises are inspected prior to renewal, and are also visited by a vet annually.

Have you revoked any breeder licenses?

Number of breeders' licenses revoked in 2016: No
Number of breeders' licenses revoked in 2015: No
Number of breeders' licenses revoked in 2014: No 

How many dog breeding establishment licences applications were denied, on an annual basis from 2010 - 2016?

None.

How many complaints were received from members of the public on licensed dog breeding establishments on an annual basis from 2013-2016? Please detail if any sanctions were taken against license holders following these complaints.

2016: 1 complaint - site visit was made and conditions were satisfactory
2015: None
2014: 1 complaint - visit made, unfounded complaint all dogs seen in excellent health
2013: 1 complaint - site visit was made and conditions were satisfactory

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