Licensed Breeders

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Vacancy on Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee - TDLR announces a vacancy on the Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee established by Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 802.  The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) and the Department on matters related to the administration and enforcement of Chapter 802, including licensing fees and standards adopted under Subchapter E.

The Committee is composed of nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval.  The committee consists of the following members:  two members who are licensed breeders; two members who are veterinarians; two members who represent animal welfare organizations each of which has an office based in this state; two members who represent the public; and one member who is an animal control officer as defined in Section 829.001, Health and Safety Code.  Members of the committee serve staggered four-year terms.  The terms of four or five members expire on February 1 of each odd-numbered year.   This announcement is for a representative of an animal welfare organization with an office based in this state. 

Interested persons should download an application from the Department website at https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/AdvisoryBoard/login.aspx . Applicants can also request an application from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation by telephone (800) 803-9202, FAX (512) 475 2874 or Email advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov. Applicants may be asked to appear for an interview; however, any required travel for an interview would be at the applicant's expense.


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Attention all applicants for the Licensed Breeders program: the Pre-License Inspection Checklist is now available. Download the Pre-License Inspection Checklist (96 KB PDF)

Pre-license inspections are required for certain dog and/or cat breeder establishments who do not hold a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Class A or B license. Our inspectors use this checklist to ensure your facility is in compliance with state laws prior to obtaining your license. The checklist was developed by a multi-divisional TDLR team based on statutory and rule requirements.

We hope you will find this information useful and helpful in preparing for your on-site inspection. If you need assistance, please contact TDLR at cs.breeders@tdlr.texas.gov or 800-803-9202.


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Most Common Code Violations for Licensed Breeders

1. Standards of Care—Primary Enclosure, 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91, §91.104(1)(A). Failure to be designed and constructed of suitable materials so that they are structurally sound. The primary enclosures must be kept in good repair and shall not be placed on top of another primary enclosure unless an impervious barrier designed to prevent the transfer of fluid or animal waste separates the two primary enclosures.

2. Standards of Care—Primary Enclosure, 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91, §91.104(1)(B). Failure to properly maintain a primary enclosure so that it is suitable, safe and secure for a dog or cat.

3. Standards of Care—Housing Generally, 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91, §91.100(3)(B). Surfaces. Maintenance and replacement of surfaces. All surfaces must be maintained on a regular basis. Surfaces of housing facilities--including houses, dens, and other furniture-type fixtures and objects within the facility--that cannot be readily cleaned and sanitized, must be replaced when worn or soiled.

4. Standards of Care—Housing Generally, 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91, §91.100(1). Structure; construction. Housing facilities for dogs and cats must be designed and constructed so that they
are structurally sound. They must be kept in good repair, and they must protect the animals from
injury, contain the animals securely, and restrict other animals from entering.

Please direct questions and comments to cs.breeders@tdlr.texas.gov.

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