The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (Scotland) Regulations 2021: guidance for dog breeders

This guidance is issued by the Scottish Ministers to provide details of the requirements of the new Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (Scotland) Regulations 2021, in relation to dog breeding in Scotland.

Annex C

Dogs - minimum enclosure/kennel size:

Dog weight Minimum Kennel area (m2) (per dog) Kennel example dimensions (LxW) (m) Minimum area per additional dog (m2) Minimum height of kennel (m)
<5kg (incl. puppies) 4 2 x 2 0.5 2
5 to 10kg 4 2 x 2 1.0 2
10 to 15kg 4 2 x 2 1.5 2
15 to 20kg 4 2 x 2 2 2
20 to 30kg 8 4 x 2 4 2
Over 30kg Must be scaled up as appropriate Must be scaled up as appropriate Must be scaled up as appropriate 2

The kennel area should be large enough to allow separate sleeping and activity areas. The kennel should allow each dog to be able to walk, turn around and wag its tail without touching the sides of the kennel. The dogs should have sufficient room to play, stand on their hind limbs and to lie down fully stretched out without touching another individual. The kennel size required will increase in relation to the size and number of dogs housed at any one time. Bitches with a litter of pups should have an enclosure size double that stated for its normal weight range.

The length and the width should be sufficient to allow all the dogs to lie outstretched without their noses or tails touching the walls or other individuals. It is permissible to have separate exercise areas to sleeping areas but in such cases dogs must be given access to the exercise area at least four times a day. Part or all of the exercise area should be outdoors. Any separate exercise area should be fully cleaned and disinfected between its use by different batches of dogs to minimise the risk of disease transmission.



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