The 1973 Breeding of Dogs Act (‘the 1973 Act’) requires proprietors of breeding establishments to be licensed. Under the authority of the 1973 Act, local authorities may issue licences to proprietors of breeding establishments stipulating conditions which must be complied with by the licensee.
To assist them in doing this the British Veterinary Association in 1978 published guidelines for local authorities and their veterinary inspectors. Those guidelines were updated in 1998 in light of developments since the 1973 Act.
In 2012 as a result of a specific request by Defra a working party came together to update the guidance again to include the provisions that must be taken into account under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. This new version also incorporates guidance with regards to puppy rearing, socialisation and habituation, produced through the Animal Welfare Foundation / RSPCA Puppy Contract and the Dogs Trust and Kennel Club Puppy Plan.
This document applies to England only.