Animal Breeder

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing


License required in 26 states
99th most burdensome licensing requirements
45th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)


Animal breeders select and breed animals including cattle, goats, horses, sheep, swine, poultry, dogs, cats or pet birds according to their genealogy, characteristics and offspring. It may require knowledge of artificial insemination techniques and equipment use and involve keeping records on heats, birth intervals or pedigree.


Twenty-six states require a license to work as an animal breeder. On average, these laws cost animal breeders $92 in fees and require no exams, experience or education, making it one of the least onerously licensed of the 102 occupations studied. However, because animal breeders are licensed widely, it ranks as the 45th most widely and onerously licensed occupation. Licensing fees vary from $405 in Kansas to $10 in Ohio, Vermont and West Virginia. Licensing fees also vary within a handful of states based on the number of animals being bred.

(Last updated May 3, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

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