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.
License required by 28 states
98th most burdensome licensing requirements
68th most widely and onerously licensed occupation
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.