Animal Breeder

License required by 28 states

98th most burdensome licensing requirements.

68th most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Animal breeders select and breed animals according to their genealogy, characteristics and offspring. This may require knowledge of artificial insemination techniques and equipment use and involve keeping records on heats, birth intervals or pedigrees. This report looks at pet breeder licenses only.

Twenty-eight states require a license to work as an animal breeder. On average, these laws impose $148 in fees but require no exams, experience or education, making the occupation one of the least (98th) onerously licensed of the 102 studied. However, because animal breeders are licensed by more than half of states, the occupation is the 68th most widely and onerously licensed.

Fees range from $10 in West Virginia to $625 in Wisconsin. Licensing fees also vary within a handful of states based on the type or number of animals being bred. In such cases, the least expensive license or an average fee was used, respectively.

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Oklahoma 28 $365 0 0 0 14
2 Missouri 28 $125 0 0 0 18
3 Wisconsin 28 $625 0 0 0 0
4 Ohio 28 $410 0 0 0 0
5 Pennsylvania 28 $371 0 0 0 0
6 Colorado 28 $306 0 0 0 0
7 Georgia 28 $263 0 0 0 0
8 Kansas 28 $200 0 0 0 0
9 Iowa 28 $175 0 0 0 0
10 Delaware 28 $173 0 0 0 0
11 Minnesota 28 $160 0 0 0 0
12 Nebraska 28 $125 0 0 0 0
13 Maine 28 $108 0 0 0 0
14 New Hampshire 28 $100 0 0 0 0
14 New York 28 $100 0 0 0 0
14 Rhode Island 28 $100 0 0 0 0
17 Arizona 28 $75 0 0 0 0
17 North Carolina 28 $75 0 0 0 0
19 Maryland 28 $62 0 0 0 0
20 Connecticut 28 $50 0 0 0 0
21 Massachusetts 28 $32 0 0 0 0
22 Illinois 28 $25 0 0 0 0
22 Vermont 28 $25 0 0 0 0
24 Louisiana 28 $23 0 0 0 0
25 Michigan 28 $18 0 0 0 0
25 New Jersey 28 $18 0 0 0 0
27 Idaho 28 $14 0 0 0 0
28 West Virginia 28 $10 0 0 0 0

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