A person who is selling a dog or cat he or she has bred, must register as a breeder prior to selling, regardless if the litter was planned or not. A person will be taken to have bred a dog or a cat in any of the following circumstances:
If you are a ‘breeder’ by definition, and intend to sell a dog or a cat after 1 July 2018, you must register as a breeder with the Dog and Cat Management Board.
Any advertisement you place for the sale of a dog or a cat must include your contact details and breeder registration number.
From July this year, a new statewide database, Dogs and Cats Online, will become the central location for dog (and cat if applicable) registration, microchip information and breeder registration.
Councils are currently transferring all of their dog (and cat if applicable) registration information into Dogs and Cats Online. In the month of July, registration renewal notices will be posted out to all registered owners. The renewal will include a step by step instructional flyer about how to complete the registration renewal online.
Cats that aren’t required to be registered with Council must have their microchip details entered on to Dogs and Cats Online after 1 July 2018. Dog owners will receive a registration renewal in July with a unique access code for Dogs and Cats Online. Once a login and password have been set, owners will be able to add their cat information to their owner record. Only owners who do not have any Council-registered dogs (or cats if applicable), can visit www.dogsandcatsonline.com.au and ‘Register as a new owner’ from 1 July 2018.
From July 2018, the new registration and renewal process will require owners to state if they are a breeder of dogs and/or cats. Selecting ‘yes’, and paying a $75 annual breeder registration fee*, will register you as a breeder and you will be issued with a breeder registration number.
*Members of Dogs SA, the Feline Association of SA and the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy will just need to enter their Full Membership number, as the breeder registration fee has been collected by the organisation.
Breeder registration does not become a legal requirement until 1 July 2018. The Dog and Cat Management Board can only receive breeder registrations after this date.
It is important that dog owners wait until they receive their registration renewal notice in July, and log in using the unique owner code displayed on the notice. It is important so they do not re-enter their owner and dog information into Dogs and Cats Online and create duplicate records.
The breeder registration fee is payable to become a registered breeder and registration expires 30 June annually. To maintain breeder registration, the breeder registration fee must be paid annually. Animals owned by a registered breeder are exempt from the requirement to be desexed. Allowing the breeder registration to lapse may result in your animals no longer being exempt from the requirement to be desexed. Please see our desexing page for more information about other exemptions.
Dogs SA, the Feline Association of SA and the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy collect the breeder registration fees with their annual full memberships. Entering the membership details on Dogs and Cats Online will document your compliance with the new laws.
The South Australian Standards and Guidelines for Breeding and Trading Companion Animals came into effect 1 August 2017. This document is governed by the Department of Environment and Water, Animal Welfare unit. A link is available on the breeders page.