Defra to change puppy selling age to eight weeks

Tougher dog and cat breeding licensing are to be introduced as part of a swathe of reforms to safeguard the welfare of Britain’s pets, former Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom announced recently. See regulation details here.

New laws around selling pets and breeding dogs will make it illegal to sell puppies younger than eight weeks. In the future setting up Five Weeks Free puppy insurance for new owners will only be possible if the puppy is over the age of eight weeks.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said:

“We are pleased that Defra will be taking forward proposals to ban the sale of puppies under the age of 8 weeks by commercial third parties; we have called for a ban on third party sales, and refuse to register puppies being sold to third parties, but this new rule is a step in the right direction.”

“As the litter licensing threshold is set to reduce from five litters to three we look forward to working with Defra on the new risk based licensing system, to ensure that UKAS accredited Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) members will continue to be inspected by the Kennel Club for the maximum licence length of three years. This will incentivise more breeders to join the scheme, and breed to a higher standard of welfare that the ABS requires, and reduce the inspection burden on local authorities.”

See original press release from the DEFRA here.