I am just staring to breed dogs, I only have 2 right now, not old enought to breed yet. I was wandering if you need to be Licensed with usda or something to breed? I thought i read before that if you have like over 3?? dogs you need to be licinsed?? I dont know, i cant find where i read it. if you know any thing about this please help! I am going to breed labs, maybe chesapeakes also. I dont plan on having many dogs, maybe like 7 breeding dogs all together. Thanks for any help
It is if you ever have 7 litters or more in one year then you would have to be licensed under PAWS which with any luck will not go through. Although I have 18 dogs I have never had 7 litters in one year (some are too old, some are too young), though if I everyone I bred would have had puppies this year it would have been 8. Just a thought.
YOu only have to be licensed if you sell your dog to a wholesaler or a pet store. Under PAWS you are a private seller you wouldn't need to be licensed unless you breed more than 7 litters a year and more than 25 puppies in the litters.
I agree with PP. From what I have heard...a USDA license is required only if you plan to sell to brokers and pet stores. Otherwise, unless you have more that so many litters (7 sounds about right) then you are ok. Pray this new PAWS thing does not get passed!!
Dont worry about USDA or PAWS right now. You do however have to check with the local Animal control and zonning departpant for laws in your area. Each city, county, and state has different laws about the numbers of dogs you can have, breeding and licensing. some area will only allow you to have one litter a year or only 2 dogs. before you invest in kennles, equipment and dogs, make sure you knows the laws and restrictions for your area.
the way icy explained it to me if you breed and have 25 + puppies a year you have to be licensed through USDA.
now considering the OP plans on breeding labs or chessies , conceivably she could have 25 puppies in one year from only two dogs, maybe 3 dogs. the seven litters would probably apply more to toy breeders who only have 2-4 pups born to each litter and thats why they also say 7 + litters a year. its an "either or" not an "and" situation.
if that is incorrect please let me know. i am trying to understand this law but i am not a breeder so alot of it i dont get.
PAWS- I also learned there was a stipulation accompanying the 25 puppies a year and/or 7 litters in a year...is that you must also be licensed if you have an income from selling dogs or puppies in excess of $500.
There are very few breeders that this will not effect.
Scout-- I tried to read through some of the legislative materials, it's rather confusing. AKC who is backing PAWS says the wording is 25 puppies a year AND 7 litters...the bill actually reads with the word OR.
I have said this before, but to me the scariest part of PAWS is that the actual 'rules' and regulations concerning standards has NOT been written in regards for people raising dogs in their HOME and not a kennel setting. To me that is so scary. How can you vote on a law before the details are written?????? If I had specifics, I may support the bill, I am all for decent conditions for breeding animals but I don't want people telling me what can or cannot go on in my home.
What kills me is that by forcing BYB's to become USDA licensed they are giving them a couple of venues in which to sell their dogs that make things much easier for them - which means they will probably breed MORE litters a year then they already do. You have to be USDA licensed in order to sell to brokers and pet stores and right now most BYB's are not able to because they aren't USDA licensed. PAWS is a great way to give them an even easier way out because generally speaking most of them won't breed another litter if they have 3 or 4, 5 month old puppies still hanging around of the last litter. Give them a USDA license and all the have to do is call up their friendly broken when the puppies turn 8 weeks old and off the pups go. No questions asked, no hard work to find homes for the breeder, no responsibility for the dog ever again. They don't even have to answer to angry puppy families if the puppy has hip displaysia when it's 2 years old. They even miss out on the nasty phone calls from people not happy with their poorly bred, poorly socialized puppies. BUT the puppy grew up in a clean kennel - so who cares?
I'm with alicat - I just don't want someone telling me what to do in my own home. My puppies are clean, healthy, well vaccinated, parasite free, and raised in the middle of my family so they are ready to be good pets. I think if PAWS wants to add on some things that specifically deal with residental breeders who want to raise their puppies in their home then I'd stand behind it, but not with the way it blankets things right now. I do have more than 7 litters a year - and with my shelties who like to have 7-8 puppies a litter I can hit 25 puppies quickly. I also never breed a litter unless I have most of the puppies spoken for ahead of time. (I have 3 litters due in October which will be 14-18 puppies - I have 17 people on my waiting list right now with deposits down and the Mom who is furthest along is only 4 1/2 weeks into her pregnancy - 3 of the people on the list are coming back for their 2nd puppy).
I still stand by the fact that most of the breeders who would fall under this law and NEED to be monitered are already USDA licensed so they can sell to brokers and pet stores.