Breeding Rules and Regulations

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

The Animal Welfare Act (2006) in England has undergone significant changes to tighten up the laws surrounding the breeding and selling of puppies for profit.

Changes have been made to improve the effectiveness of existing regulations and to simplify the application and inspection process for businesses, as well as maintaining and improving existing animal welfare standards.

The new regulations took effect from 1st October 2018. There are no changes to breeding regulations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Please read the Guidance notes for conditions for breeding dogs to see if or how this will effect you. Please contact your local council with any questions or for further clarification.

The Law and Society Rules

Bitch Breeding Rules

Dog Health & Welfare

There are laws regulating breeding and the sale of pups within the British Isles. Although some ISDS Members will fall within the scope of these laws the majority will not. However, it may be helpful for all to understand, in summary, what these laws say.

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Three litters maximum in three years is a principle that the ISDS requires from its breeders in order to demonstrate compliance with the obligations of the 2006 Animal Welfare Act. 

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The Society seeks to ensure that Members are informed of the law relating to licensed breeders and are encouraged to follow best practice.

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