Dog or Cat Breeders License Deadline
September 1, 2012, is the first day Texas dog and cat breeders meeting the definition of “dog or cat breeder” in Chapter 802, Texas Occupations Code must be licensed to operate in Texas. If all three of the following requirements are met, a breeder must get a license with TDLR: possession of 11 or more adult intact female dogs or cats used for breeding; be in the business of breeding dogs or cats for direct or indirect sale; and offers to sell or exchange 20 or more animals in a calendar year.
The Dog or Cat Breeders Act (formerly House Bill 1451), which was passed during the 82nd Legislature, also requires The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation to establish standards of care for these animals. Prior to the Act no standards of care specifically designed for dogs and cats used for breeding, existed in Texas.
Texas breeding facilities will receive a periodic inspection at least once every 18 months by TDLR inspectors to ensure they continue to meet the requirements to be licensed. During these inspections, the facility’s license status will be checked, standards of care will be examined, individual animal records will be reviewed to assure proper veterinary care is provided, and inspectors will verify transportation standards are met when animals are shipped to another location.
To assist the public in locating a licensed breeder, TDLR’s web site (www.license.state.tx.us) will provide a list of licensed breeders under its License Data Search link. The department’s site also contains an Administrative Order-Search link, which enables citizens to search for disciplinary actions taken by the department.
To file a complaint or report unlicensed breeders you can access the online complaint form at www.license.state.tx.us/Complaints/ or contact the Enforcement Division at (512) 539-5600.