The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 – Guidance notes for conditions for breeding dogs – Updated April 2020 – DEFRA
The Guidance notes outlines the conditions that must be complied with in order to obtain an animal activities licence for the activity of breeding dogs. Such businesses are awarded a licence on the basis of a risked-base, star rated system and must comply with the 2006 Animal Welfare Act. Dog breeding businesses are encouraged to achieve a higher rating.
Schedule 6 includes: No dog may be kept for breeding if it can reasonably be expected, on the basis of its genotype, phenotype or state of health that breeding from it could have a detrimental effect on its health or welfare or the health and welfare of its offspring.