Our Aims and Goals
What Your Donation Could Help to Achieve
The DBRG works tirelessly to try to ensure that all dogs have the healthiest and happiest life possible. This all starts with canine parents with the best health and temperament possible. We would like to see this made a priority and there are lots of ways that we think this can happen. Here are just some of the things we are campaigning for and working towards. Your donations will help to achieve these goals and ultimately let us reach more owners and breeders than ever before. This will help to improve the health and welfare of dogs.
- The UK must take urgent action, as are many other countries, on the health problems associated with extremes of body shape (conformation). The 2018 welfare law should be used to prosecute breeders who are producing or keeping animals that are likely to suffer.
- All breeders should be registered with their local authority, even if they only plan to have one or two litters.
- All breeding dogs should have the necessary health tests to make sure that their puppies will be as healthy as possible.
- The maximum number of breeding bitches allowed on any premises should be reduced to 20.
- Bitches should have a maximum of four litters. This will help to ensure that they could go on to be a family pet afterwards.
- There should be one human adult for every ten dogs in any breeding establishment.
- Breeding bitches should be neutered before being rehomed to a new owner and should have a lifetime of care. All breeding dogs should be rehomed and suitable for life as a family pet.
- Habituation and socialisation of puppies and breeding dogs should be a priority. Good temperament is essential for a family companion.
- Close the loophole in Lucy’s law and stop puppies being imported into the UK.
- No dog under the age of six months should be imported into the UK.
- Animal welfare should be included in the national school curriculum.
- All welfare groups and the Kennel Club should use and promote the AWF/RSPCA puppy contract and the puppy information pack that goes with it.
- The DBRG and CFSG Code of Practice for Dog Breeding should be used as the gold standard.
- Advice to government should not come from any parties with commercial interests in breeding.
- LA inspectors should have training in health and welfare, including socialisation, habituation and inherited and conformational disease.
- All dog breeders should have a training qualification in dog health, temperament and how to care for adult dogs and puppies
Traceability and principles
- All adverts for puppies should have a local authority license number, or registration number for breeders under the licensing threshold.
- Microchip databases should be merged into one database to make sharing of information easier.
- Breeder’s information should stay with the microchip number for life. This will help trace breeders producing unhealthy dogs.
- Breeding premises should be inspected by an independent vet, not the breeder’s own vet.
- Kennel Club Assured Breeders should not be exempt from licensing regulations.
- Animal sentience should be recognised by law.
- All breeding establishments should be inspected at least twice a year and one visit should be unannounced.
How to Donate
You can donate here using PayPal or debit and credit cards. Thank you!
DBRG is a registered charity number 1176163.