What is the Queensland Dog Breeder Register?
When did the Queensland Dog Breeder Register begin?
The new laws for the dog breeder registration commenced on the 26th of May 2017.
If dogs born before 26 May 2017 are being given away, sold, supplied or advertised, do they need to be registered?
No. The legislation does not apply to dogs born before 26 May 2017.
What happens after I register?
When you become registered as a dog breeder, you will be issued with a Breeder Identification Number (BIN) which is the Supply Number for every dog you breed. This Supply Number must be included in the microchip details for each dog you breed and be displayed when a dog is given away, supplied, sold or advertised.
Can I search the Queensland Dog Breeder Register by breeder name?
No. You must use the full Supply Number to search the Queensland Dog Breeder Register. If you do not have the full Supply Number; the Supply Number is not valid or it cannot be found in the Queensland Dog Breeder Register then you should submit a concern. You can do this on the Queensland Dog Breeder Register or by ringing the department on 13 25 23.
Does the Queensland Dog Breeder Register cover cats?
Supply Numbers and approved entities
What does “supply” mean?
- exchange, give or sell
- offer or agree to supply
- cause or allow (permit) a supply
- possess for supply.
What is a Supply Number?
- a breeder Identification Number (BIN)
- a membership number provided by an approved breeder organisation that accredits dog breeders, and is approved by the Minister as an “approved entity”.
- a breeder permit number provided by an approved local government that issues permits/registrations to dog breeders, and is approved by the Minister as an “approved entity”.
- a unique number that identifies a person as a recognised interstate breeder, provided by their state government.
- you are a primary producer who has a working dog that you did not breed and wish to supply the dog for purposes other than as a working dog
- you are a person who is the owner of, or responsible for, the dog and you did not breed the dog, and you do not conduct a business activity that includes the supply of dogs.
Will the Queensland Dog Breeder Register allow a person that breeds on alternate years to retain and use the same Supply Number?
What organisations can provide a Supply Number?
Currently approved entities are:
- Dogs Queensland
- Gold Coast City Council
- Logan City Council
- Queensland Racing and Integrity Commission
What is the purpose of approved entities?
What if I am registered as a breeder on the QDBR and I become a member of an approved entity. Do I need to renew my individual registration?
You will not need to renew your individual registration as a dog breeder if the approved entity has added your details on the QDBR and you use your membership number as a Supply Number for the dogs you breed.
However you may want to retain your individual registration in addition to your membership number; in which case you will need to renew your individual registration by accessing your details on the QDBR
Registering as a breeder
Do I need to register?
Can children register as a breeder?
I only have a litter or two of puppies each year as a hobby – am I considered a breeder?
I don’t make money from my dogs. I give them away to family, friends or neighbours – am I considered a breeder?
My dog is pregnant by accident – an unplanned litter – am I considered a breeder?
If I temporarily supply my male dog for breeding purposes, do I need a Supply Number?
I only want to breed one litter so I can keep one of the puppies – can I get an exemption?
Why do the regulations cover non-commercial breeders?
What if I have a dog I did not breed and I want to give it to another person?
Interstate and overseas breeders
I am a registered breeder under another state/territory’s laws – do I have to register in Queensland?
Only if the transaction occurs in Queensland. If the transaction occurs in another state and the dog is transported to Queensland afterwards, this new Queensland legislation does
If the transaction takes place in Queensland and you are registered under another state/territory’s laws (and you have a unique identification number), you do not need to register in Queensland – but you must use that identification number as your supply number in Queensland.
I am a member of a dog breeder association in another state/territory – can I use my membership number as a Supply Number in Queensland?
I don’t live in Queensland and I breed dogs outside of Queensland for supply within Queensland – must I register?
If I buy a dog from overseas, must it have a Supply Number?
Does the requirement to register as a breeder in Queensland cover dogs bred for export?
Pet shops, pounds and shelters
Will the sale of dogs through pet shops be banned?
Will pet shops sell my puppies if I’m not registered?
Can I still sell my puppies online, privately or through a pet shop?
Yes. If you sell a dog or puppy through a pet shop or retailer, they must use your Supply Number identifying you as the breeder.
If someone else gives away, supplies, sells or advertises your puppies, they must use your Supply Number identifying you as the Breeder.
It is a breach of the law to give away, supply, sell or advertise a dog or puppies without a Supply Number that identifies the origin of the dog.
I operate a pound/shelter for homeless or lost dogs – do I need to register?
Do I need to register if I need to rehome my dog?
Are vet surgeries acting as shelters to rehome animals expected to apply for registration?
Do pets for sale in public view need to have breeder ID and sire/dam details displayed?
The display of the parentage of the dogs being sold is not a requirement under the new laws. However pet shops do need to display the Supply Number, identifying the breeder, for any puppies provided or advertised for sale.
I am a primary producer breeding working dogs – am I considered a breeder?
Primary producers that breed working dogs that are held on rural land do not have to register as breeders, as long as they supply all puppies to other primary producers as working dogs to be held on rural land. However, primary producers who breed working dogs must register as a breeder if they supply any dogs for purposes other than as working dogs to be held on rural land.
What is the definition of a working dog?
I am breeding from my working dog and will be providing a puppy to another person as a pet – do I need to register?
Yes. You must register as a breeder if you are a breeder of a working dog and a puppy will be supplied to a person other than a primary producer, or will not be used as a working dog (e.g. sold to a neighbour as a pet).
Are pig-dogs considered to be a ‘working dog’?
Our property owners are using pigging dogs as their mustering dogs – do they have to register?
If a working dog has 8 pups does that mean they need to have 8 exemption numbers?
Are guard dogs kept for property protection on rural land exempt?
Are dogs kept for guarding livestock on rural land exempt?
What if the dogs are protecting crops? Are they a working dog?
What if the dog is sold as a working dog e.g. a cattle dog but is found unsuited and becomes a non-working pet with another owner - what happens as no Supply Number was given at purchase?
Is the breed of dog relevant to the definition of ‘working dog’?
Penalties and reporting
Is there a penalty if I sell my puppies and I’m not registered and don’t have a supply number?
Is it an offence to use someone else’s Supply Number?
What happens to the dogs if a breeder’s registration is cancelled or suspended?
If a breeder’s registration is cancelled or suspended the puppies they have bred may be given to a pound or shelter who will be able to use the pound/shelter’s Supply Number to rehome the dogs.
If a breeder’s registration is cancelled or suspended, any other dogs they did not breed which need to be rehomed must have a Breeder Exemption Number (BEN) as a Supply Number.
If there are animal welfare concerns, actions may be taken with respect to the dogs under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.
Will the address and contact details of breeders be available to local government?
Yes. Local government officers appointed under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 will have access to breeder details on the Queensland Dog Breeder Register. However, this is only for the purposes of performing functions under this act or the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.
What information will the public have access to on the Queensland Dog Breeder Register?
The public will not have access to all of a breeder’s details. Only the breeder’s name, accreditation number, the date their accreditation ends, their local government area and either their telephone number or email address will be publicly accessible. This information can only be searched by using the Supply Number supplied with a dog.
How can I make a complaint about a breeder with no Supply Number?
Are there mandatory breeder standards?
Biosecurity Queensland worked with RSPCA Qld, Dogs Queensland and Queensland Racing Integrity Commission to develop the Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Breeding Dogs and their Progeny (Standards).
The Standards have been adopted as a compulsory code under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 and compliance will be mandatory from 01 October 2018. All breeders, including working dog breeders, will have to comply with the Standards.