Animal Welfare

Unregistered dog breeders barking up the wrong tree

Queensland Government. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Unregistered dog breeders barking up the wrong tree

Whether you make a living breeding, selling or caring for dogs, or your family pet has unplanned pups that need good homes, chances are you’re passionate about your animals.

While most of us put our furry friends first, a small number of unethical dog breeders are more interested in profit than the welfare of their animals.

That’s why the Queensland Government has established the new Queensland Dog Breeder Register to help authorities locate dog breeders and give dog buyers peace of mind when looking for a new pet.

The new online register opened on 26 May 2017. If your dog has puppies born on or after this date, you must register.

Registering is quick, easy and free. Breeders need to log their details within 28 days of their puppies being born and will be issued with a unique identification number, known as a supply number. This applies to regular and occasional breeders (including backyard litters), with specific exceptions for some working dog producers.

Pounds and shelters that re-home dogs must apply for a supply number and provide it with any dogs that they advertise, sell or give away that do not already have one listed in their microchip information.

Retail outlets are not permitted to have their own supply number unless they actually breed dogs. If you sell or supply a dog to a pet shop, the business must display your supply number, identifying you as the breeder. Each and every advertisement for dogs born on or after 26 May 2017 – including ads on Facebook, Gumtree and other websites – must include a valid supply number.

Chief Biosecurity Officer, Dr Jim Thompson, from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries reinforced that all breeders and suppliers, including pet shops, must display a supply number when giving away, selling or advertising dogs or puppies. It must also be included in the microchip information of the dog.

“A supply number provides lifetime traceability of a dog’s origin,” Dr Thompson explained.

“We’re urging people to check the Queensland Dog Breeder Register before obtaining a new dog and to only buy from registered breeders with valid supply numbers.”

The Queensland Dog Breeder Register is available at qdbr.daf.qld.gov.au. For more information about the register or animal welfare in Queensland, please visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.

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