In November 2022 the Dog and Cat Management Board (Board) advised there would be new rules and processes to meet the government’s commitment to ban puppy factories and introduce stricter standards for breeding. Learn more about these changes >>
Breeder registration expires 30 June each year. Renewal notices are issued each July with your dog and cat registration notices.
When you register you’ll be assigned a Dogs and Cats Online, 'DACO', breeder registration number. All breeder registration numbers begin with ‘DACO’ immediately followed by 6 numbers (no spaces). Your DACO breeder registration number is not transferrable—it can’t be used by anyone but you. You must include your DACO breeder registration number in any advertisements selling dogs and cats you have bred.
Members of the public can search current and historic breeder registration numbers at dogsandcatsonline.com.au
Registered breeders are exempt from the requirement to desex their breeding dogs and/or cats whilst the breeder registration is current. When you de-register or your registration expires and lapses, you must desex your dogs and/or cats unless you have another other valid exemption for the animals.
How to register
Go to Dogs and Cats Online
If you're not sure of your Dogs and Cats Online account details
If you don't have a Dogs and Cats Online account, you'll need to register your dog or cat first. You can then register as a breeder. You need an email address to register, otherwise, contact your local council for assistance.