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Breeding law changes on the way

Dog breeding law changes

A new law to be introduced from October is set to change the way some dog breeders produce and sell puppies.

Under the The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, those selling puppies will be classed as a breeder and will require a licence, if:

  • Their dog(s) produce three or more litters in a year
  • Breed dogs and advertise a business of selling dogs
  • Make a profit on the sale of puppies

Blaby District Council’s Animal Services team will implement the new law across the district, which comes into force from Monday 01 October 2018.

The new regulations also ban the breeding of dogs whose state of health, genetic make-up (genotype) and/or physical characteristics (phenotype) would be damaging to its own health or the health of its offspring.

Michelle Ikin, Senior Animal Services Officer at Blaby District Council, said: “Essentially this new law will impose tighter regulations on the breeding industry, to ensure that puppies are kept in the safest and most appropriate conditions in the first few weeks of their life.

“Dog breeding has become somewhat of an issue over recent years, especially puppy farms and importation. We are committed to ensuring the best use of the new laws surrounding the breeding and selling of dogs.”

Anyone who may potentially be classed as a breeder under the new law and would like advice can contact the Animal Services Team by emailing or call 0116 272 7555.

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