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Nebraska LB 427 - AKC Asks For Change to State Commercial Breeder Definition

(Wednesday, February 08, 2012)

Nebraska Legislative Bill 427, and amendments adopted by the Agriculture Committee would expand regulation of “commercial dog breeders,” 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 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.

Due to this low threshold in current law, LB 427 would require anyone who owns four intact dogs over 6 months of age to comply with regulations designed for large commercial kennels. 


LB 427 is currently in the “legislative enrollment and review” process in the state legislature. During this process, further amendments and technical changes may be made to a measure before a final reading. The AKC has requested that the existing definition of commercial breeder as referenced in this bill be amended to add the word “and”, so that a person would have to meet all the qualifications in order to be a commercial breeder, rather than just one. 


The AKC strongly believes that all dogs deserve to live in safe, healthy environments, and that they should not be kept in conditions where their basic needs are not met. However, the new regulations outlined in Legislative Bill 427 will place undue, unnecessary and expensive burdens on small, responsible hobby breeders and owners of intact dogs, especially given the extremely low threshold defining commercial breeders in current law. These requirementsmay not be appropriate or compatible with ordinary pet ownership, ownership of hunting or working dogs, or small-scale hobby breeding activities that would be regulated by this measure.

What You Can Do:

The AKC encourages all responsible dog owners in Nebraska to ask their legislators to amend the existing definition of commercial breeder so a person would have to meet ALL the qualifications in order to be a commercial breeder, rather than just one.  Use this link to find your State Senator and their contact information.

View a sample letter to personalize

Contact the AKC Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org for any questions or the latest information.

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