Licensed Breeders

Military Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses - For more information about using military experience, service, training or education or about applying as a military spouse please go to the Military FAQs page.

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. 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.
2. Standards of Care— Routine and preventative care. - 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91.112(c). Failed to have the written health care management protocol contain all required health care records, including all authorized exemptions approved by a veterinarian.
3. Responsibilities of Licensee—Onsite Availability of Law and Rules. - 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91.73. Failed to maintain at each of the breeder's facilities a printed and current copy of Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 802 and rules adopted by the commission regulating licensed breeders; or electronically in a manner prescribed by the department.
4. 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
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Standards of Care—Primary Enclosure. - 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91.104(3)(a). Failure to provide a dog in a primary enclosure with minimum required floor space.
9. Standards of Care—Exercise for Dogs. - 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91.106(a). Failed to develop, document, or follow a plan with written standard procedures to provide dogs with the opportunity for daily exercise or failure to have a daily exercise plan approved and documented in each dog’s medical records by a veterinarian.
10. Standards of Care—Annual examination. - 16 Tex. Admin. Code Ch. 91.112(a). Failed to have the annual examination documented by the veterinarian in the medical records of an animal.

Please direct questions and comments to