The Government has announced it plans to introduce new regulations around dog breeding and puppy selling, and that new legislation to introduce these measures could be published early 2018.
The Government is considering – amongst others – the following new regulations:
• Licensed dog breeders must show puppies with their mothers before a sale;
• Puppy sales should be completed whilst the new owner is present;
• Licensed dog breeders must only sell puppies they have themselves bred; and
• Pet adverts in general should display the licence number of the sellers as well as the country of origin, and country of residence, of the animal.
The Government has also announced it intends to ban the sale of puppies, kittens and rabbits under 8 weeks of age, and will bring in rules that anyone breeding and selling dogs as part of a business must be licensed.
Read more here: https://www.gov.uk/…/…/government-proposals-on-puppy-welfare.