Licensed Breeders

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The Licensed Breeder Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet Monday, January 11, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room (125E) of TDLR's North Campus, located at 1106 Clayton Lane in Austin. The agenda will be posted when it has been finalized. The meeting will be broadcast and available via RealPlayer or on TDLR's web site.

The Commission adopted an amendment to the Licensed Breeders program rules, effective September 1, 2015. View the adoption justification

Vacancy on Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee - TDLR announces a vacancy on the Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee (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 TDLR 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 public member.

Submit an application online or download the application. Applicants may also request an application by telephone (800-803-9202), FAX (512-475-2874 or email ( Applicants may be asked to appear for an interview; however, any required travel for an interview would be at the applicant's expense.

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 or 800-803-9202.

Most Common Code Violations for Licensed Breeders

NOTE:  These are the top violations for Fiscal Year 2015, Quarters 1, 2 and 3.

1. Standards of Care—Housing Storage. - 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91.100(5). Failed to store food and bedding supplies in the required manner or stored required substance that is toxic to dogs or cats in food storage or preparation area.

2. Standards of Care—Housing Surfaces. - 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91.100(3). Housing facility surfaces not constructed in a manner or made of materials that allow them to be readily cleaned and sanitized, or removed or replaced when worn or soiled

3. Responsibilities of Licensee—Annual Inventory. – 4 Tex. Occupations Code Ch. 802.153(a) & 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91.76. Failed to submit to the Department an accounting of all animals held in each facility any time during the preceding calendar year, to make copy of annual inventory form available upon request from the Department or third party inspector, and/or to keep a copy at each facility of the annual inventory of animals.

4. Responsibilities of Licensee—Mandatory Contract Provisions. - 4 Tex. Occupations Code Ch. 802.151(4) & 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91.74. Failed to include the license number and the Department’s information in each contract for the sale or transfer of an animal.

Responsibilities of Licensee—Animal Records. - 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91.77(a). Failure to maintain an animal’s care record in the facility at which the animal was last kept for two years from the date of the last entry in the records.

5. Licensed Required. - 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91.22(c). For purposes of this section, each noncontiguous premise or physical location is a separate facility and must obtain a license under this chapter; unless the noncontiguous premises or physical locations are within 300 feet of each other.

6. Standards of Care—Exercise for Dogs. - 16 Tex. Admin Code Ch. 91.106(c)(3)(A-D). The opportunity for exercise required by this chapter may be provided in a number of ways, such as:

7. Standards of Care—Space. - 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91.104(3)(a). Failure to provide a dog in a primary enclosure with minimum required floor space.

8. Standards of Care - General Requirements. - 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91.104(1)(B)(i-xii). Primary enclosures must be constructed and maintained so that they:

9. Standard of Care – Sheltered Housing Facilities. - 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91.102(e)(1)(A-C). (1) The following areas in sheltered housing facilities must be impervious to moisture

10. Standards of Care – Indoor Housing Facilities. - 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91.101(d). Interior surfaces. The floors and walls of indoor housing facilities, and any other surfaces in contact with the animals, must be impervious to moisture. The ceilings of indoor housing facilities must be impervious to moisture or be replaceable (e.g., a suspended ceiling with replaceable panels).

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