From 1 October 2018, new animal welfare regulations came into effect for:
• selling animals as pets
• dog breeding
• providing for or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs
• hiring out horses
• keeping or training animals for exhibition

Breeding dogs

A licence is required for dog breeding if:

  • you breed and sell 3 or more litters of puppies each year
  • you breed any litter of puppies and advertise a business selling them

Apply for a dog breeding licence

Please read the pdf icon guidance notes [603kb] and pdf icon the general conditions to be attached to all animal licences. [207kb].

Apply for an animal licence. 

Due to the new regulations Reading Borough Council may ask for additional information after application.



Check a dog breeding licence

You can see licensed premises on our public registers page.

Make a complaint about one of our licensed dog breeders.

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