New Puppy Breeding Legislation Announced
Proposed new legislation regarding the sale of puppies and the breeding of dogs with harmful genetic disorders has been announced by the Prime Minister.
Moves under consideration include:
- Ensuring licensed dog breeders must show puppies alongside their mother before a sale is made
- Tightening regulations so puppy sales are completed in the presence of the new owner – preventing online sales where prospective buyers have not seen the animal first.
- Insisting licensed dog breeders can only sell puppies they have bred themselves.
- Regulating adverts – including on the internet – by ensuring licensed sellers of all pets, including puppies, include the seller’s licence number, country of origin and country of residence of the pet in any advert for sale.
- Plans to also address the breeding of dogs with harmful genetic disorders.
In addition, the Government also confirmed it will take forward proposals put out for consultation earlier in the year to improve how the pets are bred and sold. This included a ban on the sale of puppies and kittens under eight weeks of age, which will now extend to include rabbits, as well as compulsory licensing for anyone in the business of breeding and selling dogs.
To read the DEFRA announcement in full, click here.