You will be required to comply with this standard if you intend to breed cats or dogs. The purpose of the standard is to prevent the intensive breeding of female cats and dogs in puppy and kitten farms. The standard sets out rules that outline:
- When an animal may breed
- The minimum and maximum age for cats and dogs
- The maximum number of litters an individual dog or cat can have
- How often an individual cat or dog may have litters within a time period
- The minimum age a cat or dog is allowed to start breeding.
The standard also states that a person must not breed a litter from a female dog or cat that has previously suffered a failure to carry a litter to term more than forty-two days after mating or given birth by caesarean section.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.