Apply for a dog breeding licence



You need a licence to run a dog breeding establishment. This is any premises where more than two bitches are kept for the purpose of breeding for sale. 

These establishments are controlled by the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973.

Licences cannot be issued if the applicant is disqualified under any of the following acts:

  • The Breeding of Dogs Act 1973
  • The Pet Animals Act 1951
  • The Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • The Protection of Animals (Cruelty to Dogs) (Scotland) Act 1934

If you have concerns about animal welfare or behaviour, or you want to make an enquiry about animal licensing, please use our animal advice or licensing enquiry form.

Fees and how to apply Click to get info

To apply

Dog breeding licences are issued by us.

Please email at: Include your name, address and other contact details.

An officer will contact you to explain the application process. 


Fees are based on your licence requirements. Our officer will be able to advise you. 

Dog registration Click to get info

The Kennel Club is responsible for dog registration.

If you don't have access to a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch where you can use a self-service PC to log your request. Staff are available to support you if you need it.​​​​​​​