Wisconsin Breeder/Rescue Licensing Takes Effect June 1

Wisconsin Breeder/Rescue Licensing Takes Effect June 1

AKC Delegates, Club Officers, Judges, and Breeders

Please forward this information to club members and colleagues in Wisconsin:

The Wisconsin Dog Breeders and Sellers Law takes effect on June 1, 2011, by which time all breeders, rescues and facilities that fall under the law must be licensed.

Licenses are required for:

  • “Dog breeding facilities” from which at least 25 dogs/year are sold, from more than three litters
  • “In-state dog dealers” selling at least 25 dogs/year that they did not breed or raise
  • “Out-of-state dog dealers” who import at least 25 dogs/year into Wisconsin (this includes dogs that they have bred and raised) – this includes out-of-state rescues that place dogs in the state
  • Non-profit animal shelters and rescues that shelter/foster at least 25 dogs/year
  • Animal control facilities that contract with a local municipality


Read more about the new law, review the regulations, and download the application materials on the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP)’s web site, or contact DATCP at (608) 224-4889.

For questions or more information, contact the Dog Federation of Wisconsin at (414) 254-9057 or doglaw@dfow.net.  You may also contact the AKC Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.