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Texas Reminder: Licensed Breeder Law Goes Into Effect On Sept. 1, 2012

The Texas Dog or Cat Breeders Act, which was signed into law in 2011, will go into effect on September 1, 2012.  Individuals who are required to come into compliance with the law include those:

  • Who possess 11 or more adult (6 months or older) intact female dogs or cats, and

  • Who are in the business of breeding those dogs or cats for direct or indirect sale or for exchange in return for consideration, and

  • Who sell, exchange, or offers to sell or exchange, at least 20 dogs or cats in a calendar year.


Among its many provisions, the law includes breeder licensing, inspections of breeder facilities, and standards of care requirements.  (See below for specific information on the new law/regulations.)

The AKC Government Relations Department worked alongside numerous groups, including our state federation, dog clubs, fanciers, breeders, and other allied groups in addressing both the original legislation and the resulting regulations in a concerted effort to best protect the rights of responsible dog breeders.  We understand that many may feel the new laws are flawed.

Nevertheless, the AKC strongly urges compliance with all state and local regulations, regardless of concerns that may remain. Individuals who are required to get a license but do not may be subject to enforcement actions, including administrative penalties and sanctions.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has created several online resources to help breeders understand the law and to encourage breeders to come into compliance.  They include:

  • The Licensed Breeders laws may be viewed by clicking here.

  • The administrative rules for licensed breeders may be viewed by clicking here.

  • Forms for licensed breeders, including an application to obtain a license, may be accessed by clicking here.

  • A Frequently Asked Questions page may be viewed by clicking here.


The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR) advises that breeders required to be licensed should send a completed application and fee to TDLR; provide a valid state sales tax ID number; list the name and address of each person applying for the license, or each controlling person; pass a criminal background check; and pass a pre-license inspection or, in the alternative, possess a Class A USDA breeder license. 
For more information, contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation at; the American Kennel Club Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or by email at; or AKC’s Texas federation, the Responsible Pet Owners Alliance, at (210) 822-6763, or by email at

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