The Kennel Club has long faced calls from animal welfare campaigners to clamp down on 'volume dog breeders' and it has, it would appear, reacted to these calls by suggesting that the number of litters one single female can have in a lifetime should be reduced from six to four.
Bill Lambert, health and breeder services manager, said the Kennel Club wants "ensure that all breeders put the health and welfare of their puppies and breeding bitches first and foremost.
"While the law allows bitches to have six litters in a lifetime … the vast majority of responsible breeders feel that this is too high. Very serious consideration has to be given to the matter if a breeder wishes a bitch to have more than four litters but the Kennel Club may grant permission for this to happen if it believes that there is good and justifiable reason for doing so on a case-by-case basis.
"Of course, this decision will sadly not impact on those people who do not register their litters with the club, in particular puppy farmers who breed purely for profit and tend to show little consideration for an animal's welfare. Legislation needs to be tightened so that these people can be brought to account."
Bill Lambert did not add that the Kennel Club knowingly accepts the money and registers the litters bred by the self same puppy farmers he rails against.
Source: DogMagazine.net – the K9 Magazine blog
Kennel Club to Reduce Number of Puppies Bred from Single Female