1. What is Breeder Registration?
From 1 July 2018, anyone in South Australia who wishes to breed dogs or cats for sale or trade must register with the Dog and Cat Management Board. This isn’t limited to pedigree breeds, and includes people whose dogs or cats have accidental litters. If you breed and you sell, you must register.
2. What does breeder registration mean for me?
When you register as a breeder, you’ll be issued a Breeder Registration Number (BRN). Your BRN must be listed in any advertisements you post, when selling a dog or cat. This number lets potential buyers know you are registered and entitled to breed and sell dogs or cats. It also enables purchasers to contact you, if any issues arise with the pet, after sale.
Being a registered breeder also means you are exempt from the new requirement to desex puppies and kittens born after 1 July 2018.
3. Do I have to pass a test or inspection to register?
No. Breeder registration in South Australia is not a quality assurance scheme. It’s a way for the community to better understand who is breeding dogs or cats for sale, and for buyers to know where their pet comes from.
This will help us crack down on cruel puppy or kitten farming practices.
4. My dog or cat had an accidental litter. Can I sell the puppies or kittens without a breeder registration number?
No. You must register as a breeder.
5. What if I see an ad for puppies or kittens that doesn’t include a Breeder Registration Number?
From 1 July 2018, anyone who breeds or sells dogs or cats must be registered as a breeder. If you see an ad on Facebook, Gumtree, the local paper – even the shop noticeboard – it must include a Breeder Registration Number (BRN). You should report any ads that don’t contain a valid BRN to the appropriate local council.
6. I don’t want to breed, but I want to keep an entire (undesexed) dog or cat
Under new laws, all dogs and cats born after 1 July 2018 must be desexed unless they belong to a registered breeder (or are subject to a handful of other exemptions*) You will still need to register as a breeder if you wish to keep your dog or cat entire if it is born after this date, even if you don’t intend to breed it.
*desexing exemptions include working livestock dogs, racing greyhounds and animals deemed a high surgical risk by a licenced veterinarian.
7. I am thinking about getting a dog or cat to breed and sell. Can I become a registered breeder now?
No. Only people who own dogs or cats can become registered breeders
8. How much will it cost?
We expect the annual registration fee to be $75 or less. Members of approved breeder associations, such as Dogs SA, the Feline Association of SA or the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy will pay a reduced rate of $50.
9. How will I manage my details as a registered breeder?
From 1 July 2018, a new online service is launching to streamline breeder registration, your pet’s microchip data and even your council dog (or cat) registration payments. Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) is a new one-stop website that brings together all your dog and cat management needs in one place.
Here you can pay council registration, register or renew as a breeder and instantly update your details if you move house or change phone numbers.
Approved breeder associations will handle breeder registration in DACO, on behalf of their members.
Other breeders will be able to log into DACO and self-manage their breeder registration within their animal owner profiile.