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For Sellers

There are new laws regulating the selling of dogs coming into effect 1 July 2018.

Sellers and Pet Shops Legislative Overview

Businesses and individuals may have new obligations under the changes to the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 from 1 July 2018 if they:

  • Sell dogs and/or cats(regardless of whether a profit or loss is made)
  • Advertise dogs and/or cats for sale
  • Dogs and/or cats have a litter whilst in the care of the business or individual

Selling dogs and/or cats(regardless of whether a profit or loss is made)

All dogs and cats must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or upon sale unless the dog or cat has an exemption granted by a vet.  

Advertisements for the sale of dog or cats must include the name and telephone number of the seller and the name and telephone number of each breeder and their breeder registration number.

A 'person' who sells an animal they have ‘bred’ are required to be registered with the Dog and Cat Management Board. NB: all dogs over 3 months of age must be registered to a person over 16 years of age in the Council they are kept.

Advertise dogs and/or cats for sale

Advertisements for the sale of dog or cats must include the name and telephone number of the seller and the name and telephone number of each breeder and their breeder registration number.

Upon sale of any dog or cat the buyer must be provided with specific information. Please see Sale of Dogs and Cats webpage. Check Regulation 19 for full details.

Dogs and/or cats have a litter whilst in the care of the organisation or individual

If you rescue pregnant dogs or cats that then give birth whilst in your care then you need to be registered as a breeder. The cost is $75 per year.

Organisations cannot be registered as a breeder, so you will need to nominate a responsible person to represent your rescue organisation.  If you charge for rehoming dogs or cats that have bred in your care then you need to be registered as a breeder.

If you are breeding dogs or cats you are required to comply with the South Australian Standards and Guidelines for the Breeding and Trading Companion Animals which sets out welfare standards and guidelines for dogs and cats.

For more information about what constitutes as 'breeding', please visit the For Breeders webpage.