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Breeders, sellers and petshops

There are new laws regulating the breeding and selling of dogs from 1 July 2018.

Sellers and Pet Shops Legislative Overview

Breeder Registration

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:

  • Provides semen or ova used to breed the dog or cat
  • Provides any assistance (however described) in the course of breeding the dog or cat
  • Provides facilities used in the course of breeding the dog or cat
  • Fails to take reasonable steps to prevent the impregnation of another dog or cat
  • Fails to take reasonable steps to prevent the impregnation of their dog or cat

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.

New registration and microchip database, Dogs and Cats Online

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 dog (and cat if applicable) registration information has been transferred 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.

How do I register as a breeder?

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.

Can I register as a breeder sooner?

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.

Completing the renewal process, you can register as an owner of dogs or cats or both.

If you are a cat breeder, and own council registered dogs, please wait until you receive your registration renewal and register as a breeder following the steps contained in your renewal notice. Once a password has been set, you can log in an add your cat's details.

Breeder registration fee

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.

South Australian Standards and Guidelines for Breeding and Trading Companion Animals (current)

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.