Photograph of a puppy looking at the camera.

Photograph of a puppy looking at the camera.

New publication: Dog breeding and selling

Published 19/03/2021   |   Last Updated 19/03/2021   |   Reading Time minutes

This guide has been updated following the publication of new regulations; the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (Wales) Regulations 2021 (PDF 233 KB). If passed by the Senedd they will ban the third-party sale of puppies and kittens.

This Research Briefing:

  • Sets out the regulations on safeguarding animal welfare at dog breeding and selling establishments;
  • Explores the details of new licensing arrangements for pet shops and other selling establishments;
  • Summarises stakeholder reactions to the new regulations, particularly concerning puppy imports and rescue homes; and
  • Describes action by the Welsh Government and the Senedd, as well as the picture across the UK.


Article by Emily Tilby, Matthias Noebels and Katy Orford, Senedd Research, Welsh Parliament  

Senedd Research acknowledges the parliamentary fellowship provided to Emily Tilby by the Natural Environment Research Council and Matthias Noebels by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council which enabled this Research Briefing to be completed.