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Dog Breeding Licence

A breeding establishment is any premises where the breeding of dogs for sale is undertaken. A person will be presumed to be undertaking the business of breeding dogs for sale if, during any twelve month period, four or more litters of puppies are born.

Applying for a Dog Breeding Licence 

Dog with puppies
Dog with puppies
Applicants are advised to read the appropriate guidance notes before applying. If you wish to apply for a licence to breed dogs within your own home,  read our guidance on pdf icon Domestic Dog Breeding Licences [232kb]. If you are operating or plan to operate dog breeding whereby dogs are housed in kennels or other purpose built structures, consult our guidelines on pdf icon Non-domestic Dog Breeding Licences [306kb].

Anyone wishing to apply must first complete a word icon dog breeding licence application form [247kb] and return it with the pdf icon appropriate fee [39kb] to the address given in the Contact box. 

Upon application for a licence, which has not previously been granted, the premises must be inspected by a veterinary surgeon and a local authority officer.  For subsequent applications the local authority has discretion as to whether the inspection is carried out by a veterinary surgeon or a local authority officer or both.  A report following inspection shall be considered by the local authority before determining whether or not to grant a licence.

A separate invoice will be issued to cover the vets cost's once the inspection has taken place.  On receipt of this being paid and the licence conditions being met your new licence will be sent out. 

Once issued, licences will run for a full year, i.e. renewal is required by the same date the following year. (Note that this is different from some other animal welfare licences, which run for a calendar year. This difference is because of the different legislation involved.)

Eligibility Criteria

A licence may not 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.

Licensed Dog Breeders in West Lothian

pdf icon View a current list of the animal premises licensed in West Lothian. [103kb]