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Dog Breeding

Dog breeding is regulated under three pieces of legislation: Breeding of Dogs Act 1973, Breeding of Dogs Act 1991 and the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999.

Under these pieces of legislation, the definition of a licensed dog breeding establishment became any premises where the business of breeding dogs for sale is carried out. This definition removed previous references to numbers of litters in a 12 month period.

If you want to run a breeding establishment in the New Forest you must first obtain a licence from us. You can make an application either by completing this adobe icon application form [37kb] and returning it to us, or by completing this online application form. The cost of a licence is detailed in the Fees and Charges 2018/2019.

The duration of the licence is for one year. A new licence will be effective from either the day requested by the applicant or the day the licence is granted, whichever is the later. Where a licence is to be renewed, the application should be made before expiry of the existing licence. This will allow it to run consecutively.

You must ensure that:

  • dogs will at all times be kept in accommodation that is suitable in respect of construction, size of quarters, number of occupants, exercising facilities, temperature, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness.
  • dogs will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding material, adequately exercised, and (so far as is necessary) visited at suitable intervals.
  • all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread amongst the dogs of infectious or contagious diseases, including the provision of isolation facilities.
  • appropriate steps will be taken for the protection of the dogs in case of fire or other emergency, including the provision of suitable and sufficient fire fighting equipment.
  • all appropriate steps will be taken to ensure that the dogs will be provided with suitable food drink and bedding material and adequately exercised when being transported to or from the breeding establishment.
  • you have not been previously disqualified under any relevant Act.

A licence may be refused or withheld on other grounds if those grounds are such that conditions are not suitable for the breeding of dogs.

Each licence is subject to standard conditions that are imposed on all dog breeding establishments licensed by the Council. In addition to the standard conditions a licence may also contain special conditions that are only applicable to your premises.

A copy of the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 and the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999 can be viewed by following the links.

Updated: 19 Jan 2018
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