Permits and License for Dog Breeding

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Not all breeding laws are the same, they vary from state to state. Make sure you know the laws in your area because failure to follow  state laws or regulations can often lead to revocation of a commercial breeder's license, civil fines, or even criminal penalties.
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Licensing, Insurance and Permits
Let's talk about dog breeding license permits. Research the local regulations and laws by talking with the county clerk's office or the department of licenses, permits and inspections. Make sure your open and honest with them about your questions so that you are clear on what you need to do to be legal for your city and state. They hear questions all the time, so yours is nothing new. Here are some of the most common FAQ's breeders ask them to help put your mind at ease.

  • Do I need to be licensed as a breeder in my area?
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  • If yes, what do I need to do to become a licensed breeder?
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  • What will happen if I am required to get a license but I continue to operate without one?
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  • How much does it cost to get a license?
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  • How often do I have to renew the license?
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  • How much is it to get licensed?
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  • My business is in more then one location. Do I need to have a license for each location?
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  • Do I need to display my license somewhere?.

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Most state regulations do not require registration for less than four dogs. However, registering and naming your kennel with a dog registry is a great method for publicizing your business.

  • Check the local state laws for registering kennels, because some may require it.
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  • Ask if a  kennel permit is necessary if you plan to keep some of the puppies.
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  • Find out if you need zoning approval if your home or property isn't registered for business use.
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  • Apply for a business in addition to the permit required for operating a breeding business.
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  • Dog breeder's insurance provides coverage if your dogs are injured, become ill, or attack another dog or person.

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