The Welsh Government will introduce new dog breeding legislation this autumn to enhance animal welfare and tackle bad practice among some dog breeding establishments, first minister Carwyn Jones confirmed today.

The first minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, has confirmed today [August 9] that the Welsh Government will introduce new dog breeding legislation to enhance animal welfare and tackle bad practice among some dog breeding establishments (commonly known as puppy farms) this autumn.

Carwyn Jones, the first minister of Wales. Image courtesy Lyn Dafis.The first minister confirmed the news on a visit to the Dogs Trust re-homing centre in Bridgend earlier today, which he used the visit to reiterate the Welsh Government‘s commitment to improving standards of animal health and welfare in Wales.

Mr Jones said: “I am determined to take action to tackle any bad practice in the dog breeding industry. We will be bringing forward new legislation to ensure that irresponsible breeding in so called ‘puppy farms’ is brought to an end.

“We aim to bring forward revised legislation for further consultation by the National Assembly this autumn.”

The revised legislative proposals will follow further focus group work. Their intention is to raise standards of health and welfare for puppies born in Wales, and also for breeding dogs. These improved standards will aim to produce puppies that are both healthy and well adjusted to their future life as companion animals.

The proposals include:

  • Tightening the thresholds where a dog breeding licence is required; 
  • Defining a staff to dog ratio;
  • Introducing compulsory  microchipping of puppies prior to sale from licensed breeding premises; 
  • Recognising the need for behaviour and socialisation of animals to be taken account of in the licensing requirements to meet the obligations in the Animal Welfare Act 2006
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