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  • ~ Dog Breeding Reform Group ~

      The Dog Breeding Reform Group (DBRG) is an organisation dedicated to improving the health and welfare of dogs through responsible breeding. It was founded in 2013 and became a Charitable Trust in 2015. Members of the DBRG include veterinary specialists, dog welfare and law experts, breeders and dog owners.


      Brief Bio: Dog Breeding Reform Group (DBRG)

      About Us:

      The formation of the DBRG group came from an identified need to maintain a focus on the breeding issues connected with dog health and welfare and to lobby the Government and its officials for constructive changes to dog breeding regulations and practices.


      Our Objectives

      • Raise public awareness of the health and welfare problems associated with dog breeding
      • An end to the practice of ‘puppy farming’
      • Inclusion of Animal Welfare within the school curriculum
      • A ban on the sale of puppies by anyone other than the breeder
      • Widespread use of the DBRG Standard for Dog Breeding and RSPCA/AWF Puppy Contract
      • Appropriate health screening required to be carried out before dogs are selected for breeding.
      • Only dogs which are free from serious genetic diseases may be used for breeding. Care must also be taken to maintain genetic diversity
      • Enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act by local authorities as a statutory duty
      • Local authority licensing required for breeders who breed more than two litters a year
      • All breeders registered with the local authority
      • Advertisements for puppy sales accompanied by the breeder’s local authority registration number
      • Enhanced Animal Welfare Act 2006, including statutory regulations protecting progeny from inherited diseases and harmful physical traits
      • A Code of Practice for Dog Breeding


      How we aim to achieve those Objectives

      • Providing the Standard for Dog Breeding on the DBRG website
      • Providing the Guide to Finding the Right Dog on the DBRG website
      • Promoting the RSPCA/AWF Puppy Contract
      • Providing information to the general public about the BVA/KC Canine Health Schemes
      • Providing a Guide to Finding the Right Dog
      • Organising Canine Health Symposiums jointly with Surrey University School of Veterinary Medicine
      • Providing information on breed-related genetic health and welfare on the DogBreedHealth website:
      • Promoting the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs
      • Promoting the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (Dog Breeding) 2018
      • Working with the Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) and other welfare organisations to promote welfare improvements
      • Responding to official consultations and advising MPs, DEFRA, and Government Ministers

      Non-profit Organization

      Our People:

      Bios for the DBRG Founder, Trustees, Members, and Advisors can be viewed here.

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