The Animal Welfare Act (2006) is the UK’s current legislation dictating how animals in the UK should be protected, cared for and managed. This is umbrella legislation that applies to animals of all types, with specific caveats in place for different types of animals and applications.
However, the current law in England will be changing on 1st October 2018, introducing a new set of rules that people breeding or selling dogs for profit must comply with. When you’re looking for a puppy for sale, ensuring that you choose a breeder who holds the appropriate licence to breed dogs (if they need one) is important. Breeders who should be licenced but aren’t will be in breach of the new law from October onwards – and you should avoid buying from an illegally unlicensed breeder at all costs.
Whilst there I still a lot of debate over the scope and remit of the upcoming changes in terms of how they will apply in practice, how far they will go, and how far they can be policed and enforced, the aim of the changes is to improve animal welfare standards in the UK – with particular rules coming into force for people who breed and sell puppies for profit.
By ensuring that any pup you are considering buying was responsibly bred by a breeder who complies with the letter and the spirit of the regulations, you can give yourself and your new pup the right start to your life together, and reduce the chances of buying an unhealthy puppy or supporting questionable breeding practices.
In this article, we will explain how prospective puppy buyers can tell if a dog breeder should be licensed by their local authority, how to check that a breeder is licensed, and how to identify whether or not a breeder is complying with their licensing terms and conditions. Read on to learn more.
First up, here’s how to tell if any person selling a puppy or a litter of pups needs a license to do so from October 2018 onwards.
The new law means that people who need and hold a license to breed and sell dogs must show certain details relating to their licence within their adverts for pups for sale, so that you as a prospective buyer can see them when you view the ad.
Look for all of the following within adverts from licenced breeders:
When you’re buying a dog or puppy from a licenced seller or breeder, they are also obliged to provide you with certain information and advice on the pup in question, as well as following some other rules.
Here at Pets4Homes, we provide an easy to find “report advert” link on every ad, and we always investigate and take action against breaches quickly and effectively. We also include the license number, local authority name and local authority website address on any adverts by licensed breeders, which makes it easier to find the appropriate council details to report a breeder directly to their council.