Ask the Nebraska Agriculture Committee to Support Positive Changes to Breeder Laws

The Nebraska Agriculture Committee is considering a bill on March 5 that would amend the definition...

The Nebraska Agriculture Committee is considering a bill on March 5 that would amend the definition of “commercial breeder”, which now in part includes those who own four intact animals. 

While the new definition still may not define a truly commercial operation, Legislative Bill 288 is a good step, requested by the AKC, to ensure that small, responsible hobby breeders, sportsmen and others who may keep four intact animals and breed an occasional litter are not subject to regulations designed for commercial kennels.



“Commercial dog breeder” is defined in current law as anyone "engaged in the business of breeding dogs" and who:

  • Owns or harbors four or more intact dogs or cats,

  • Sells/transfers at least 31 dogs and cats per year,

  • Owns dogs/cats that produce four or more litters per year, OR

  • Knowingly sells or leases dogs/cats for later retail sale or brokered trade.


This means that if someone owns four intact dogs or cats and bred or sold even one dog, current law could require them to be licensed and regulated as a commercial breeder.  This is problematic because it puts many hobbyists, sportsmen, ranchers, and other owners of intact dogs (and/ or cats) in the situation of potentially having to comply with regulations designed for much larger commercial operations.


At the request of the AKC, LB 288 would change the commercial breeder definition so that someone, in addition to owning four or more intact dogs, must also at minimum:

  • Sell/transfer at least 31 dogs a year AND

  • Produce four or more litters per year or

  • Knowingly sell dogs for later retail sale before being subject commercial breeder laws. 


While not perfect, we believe this is a good compromise step to help protect the rights of hobbyists and others who own intact dogs, but are not actually commercial operations.


At the same hearing, the Agriculture Committee will also be considering LB 287, a bill that would allow those meeting the definition of commercial breeders to vaccinate their dogs if they are under veterinary supervision, maintain proper records, and have a veterinary care plan as required by law.


How You Can Help:

  • Attend the March 5 Agriculture Committee hearing and respectfully ask them to SUPPORT LB 288.  If you wish, you may also share any comments you have on LB 287.  The hearing information is as follows:

    Nebraska Agriculture Committee
    Tuesday, March 5, 2013
    1:30 p.m.
    Nebraska State Capitol, Room 2102
    Lincoln, Nebraska

    Click here for information on testifying at committee hearings.

  • Contact the members of the Nebraska Agriculture Committee.  The contact information is as follows:

    Sen. Ken Schilz, Chair
    Phone: (402) 471-2616

    Sen. Dave Bloomfield
    Phone: (402) 471-2716

    Sen. Ernie Chambers
    Phone: (402) 471-2612

    Sen. Thomas Hansen
    Phone: (402) 471-2729

    Sen. Burke Harr
    Phone: (402) 471-2722

    Sen. Jerry Johnson
    Phone: (402) 471-2719

    Sen. Steve Lathrop
    Phone: (402) 471-2623

    Sen. Norman Wallman
    Phone: (402) 471-2620


For questions or more information, contact the AKC Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720 or