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Dog breeder regulation

The Queensland Dog Breeder Register is open for registration.  You have up to 28 days after your first litter is born to register.

The Queensland Government has introduced new laws to promote responsible dog breeding. The legislation came into effect on 26 May 2017 and applies only to dogs born on or after this date.

The laws require all persons giving away, supplying, selling or advertising dogs or puppies to have a Supply Number that identifies the registered Breeder of that dog.

Supply Numbers can be obtained by registering on the new Queensland Dog Breeder Register. Alternatively, a Supply Number may also be a membership or permit number from an organisation or local government that accredits dog breeders – and that has been approved by the Minister as an “approved entity”.

How it will help

The legislation has been developed because many Queenslanders are concerned about the welfare of dogs and puppies sold and supplied in Queensland.

Registered dog breeders will receive a Supply Number, which must be included with the dog’s microchip details and displayed when the dog is advertised, sold or given away.

This will allow puppies to be traced back to their breeder.


Primary producers that breed working dogs do not have to register as breeders, as long as they supply all of the dogs they breed to other primary producers as working dogs. However, primary producers must register as a breeder if they supply any dogs for purposes other than as working dogs.

Interstate and overseas breeders only need a Supply Number when the transaction occurs in Queensland. If the transaction occurs outside our borders and the dog is transported to Queensland afterwards, the Queensland legislation does not apply.

When does the law commence?

The legislation commenced on 26 May 2017.

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