Commercial Breeder License

Iowa Department of Ag & Land Stewardship


\\”Commercial breeder\\” means a person, engaged in the business of breeding dogs or cats, who sells, exchanges, or leases dogs or cats in return for consideration, or who offers to do so, whether or not the animals are raised, trained, groomed, or boarded by the person. A person who owns or harbors three or less breeding males or females is not a commercial breeder.

Code Citation Iowa Code 162

Who Applies Anyone wishing to operate as a commercial breeder in Iowa. Allows bearer to breed dogs or cats for sale, exchange or lease.

When To Apply Application should be made and a license issued before breeding begins in Iowa.

Initial Requirements There is an annual inspection.

Duration The license expires one year from the date of issuance.

Processing Time 30 days.

Fee Structure License: $175 Renewal: $175

Renewal Requirements Does not pertain.

Exam Does not pertain.

Additional Information None.

Services Provided

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Contact Information
Jaime Carter
Wallace State Office Building
502 E. 9th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319