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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, 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

Dogs and Cats Online is now the central location for dog (and cat if applicable) registration, microchip information and breeder registration.

All dog and cat microchip information must be entered into Dogs and Cats Online.

Microchip implanters may enter the microchip number into Dogs and Cats Online in the name of the breeder. The breeder will need to transfer the microchip registration to the new owner at the point of sale. The new owner can then complete the microchip registration, and make any required Council regsitration payments. See instructions on how to transfer to a new owner.

How do I register as a breeder?

If you have a Dogs and Cats Online owner profile with an email address, you can log in (using your email address as your username) and complete the breeder registration. If you have Dogs and Cats Online owner profile but no email address set, you will need to contact your local Council to add your email address so you can set up a log in.

*Members of Dogs SA, the Feline Association of SA and the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy just need to enter their Full Membership number, as the breeder registration fee has been collected by the organisation.

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.