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Kennel License Information


What is the definition of "Kennel Owner"?
According to the Ohio Revised Code, section 955.02, a kennel owner is “an establishment that keeps, houses, and maintains adult dogs as defined in Section 956.01 of the Revised Code, for the purpose of breeding the dogs for a fee or other consideration received through a sale, exchange or lease and that is not a high volume breeder licensed under Chapter 956 of the Revised Code”. When a person breeds dogs as a hobby, “but permits sales to become such a factor that he advertises for sale” the breeding activity and dogs, that person “is professionally engaged in the business of dog breeding” and should be registered as a kennel.


Kennel licenses are only available for purchase through the County Auditor’s Office. To be issued a kennel license, you must possess a valid Ohio vendor’s license and be breeding the dogs with the intent to sell.


Kennel License Pricing

Kennel License

$50

Extra Tags for Kennel License

$1 each

Late Kennel License

$100

Vendor's License (required for Kennel License purchase)

$25