The Government is cracking down on Dog Breeders
Here’s what you need to know to breed dogs in 21st Century Britain.
Dogs have never been more popular – but is this necessarily a good thing? It may well be a very lucrative time to be a dog breeder, but this success still comes at a price. At one point, during 2014, there were an estimated 110,00 stray dogs roaming the streets of the UK, leading to 21 creatures a day being put down by Local Authorities. Although there’s no record of this number rising since then, councils are still being forced to euthanize creatures that have been found abandoned by their owners.
In recent years, the number of ‘puppy mills’ that have been discovered in the USA and UK have grown. These business are usually run by amateur breeders, who have little care for the dog’s pedigree or their well being. Due to the high demand for puppies, these opportunistic sellers have created intensive puppy mills so that they can produce as many puppies as quickly as possible. Because of the relative ease with which sellers can contact their buyers, using social media and other forms of advertising, these operations can exist under the radar with relative ease, avoiding any interference from the police or RSPCA.
However, Environmental legislators have already made some good progress this year in improving the lives of million of dogs. Earlier this month, the city of San Francisco passed legislation to outlaw the sale of non-rescue puppies (and cats) throughout its 15 or so pet stores. With this move, San Francisco joins the likes of Los Angeles (whose stray dog population was the focus of a Louis Theroux documentary in 2014), Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston in banning the sale of animals under 8 weeks old. Following San Fransico’s lead, the UK’s Environment Secretary, Angela Leadsom, has stated that the government will be bringing its own version of the law to hopefully curb the efforts of backstreet puppy sellers.
If you’re thinking about becoming a dog breeder, here are a few tips that will put you in good stead:
Dog Breeding License From Your Local Council
Although the price of this license varies depending where in the country you are working, you will always need to apply for a Dog Breeding license from your local authority before you start breeding dogs. Once you’ve registered as a breeder, its a good idea to visit one of the government recommend sites (such as Dog Advisory Council or Kennel Club) so that you can get the lowdown on your responsibilities.
Where and how you sell you dogs is important, and will no doubt settle whether your new business is a success or failure. Try and avoid advertising in cheap spots, such as Newspaper Classifieds or Notice Boards. Instead, focus on targeting niche buyers, so you know that your puppies are going to a good home. You can either start your own website, a digital marketing company can help you get going, or sign up to a trusted online selling forum.
Plenty Of Space & Bedding
Before you even think about starting wit breeding, you’re going to need to section off a large amount of space in order to raise your dogs. Whether you choose to breed with one bitch or five, each Mother needs her own space, with plenty of room for her to move around. There are some great tutorials online that give you an idea about how much space you’re going to be needing (hint: a lot!). Plenty of spare bedding is an absolute must too – no one said breeding puppies was going to be easy!
This is perhaps the most crucial of all requirements. Breeding animals is a responsibility that cannot be taken on lightly. In order to treat the animals with the respect they deserve, it is crucial that you have the entire day at your disposal so that you can look after the Mothers and provide with the care and treatment that they need. Make no mistake, breeding dogs is a full-time job and if you’re caught not treating your animals with respect, then you could be facing a hefty fine or even time in prison.