The Queensland Government has introduced new laws to promote responsible dog breeding.
The laws, which came into effect on 26 May 2017, 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.
Dog breeders have up to 28 days after a litter is born to register on the new Queensland Dog Breeder Register.
The legislation applies to dogs born on or after 26 May 2017.
Dog breeders will be allocated a supply number when they register by visiting the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.
This will also be included in the dog's microchip information and people are being urged to ask for a supply number if they are buying or accepting a new dog. The number can be used to find out information about the breeder. There are exemptions for some working dogs (see below).
To register or get more information call the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 13 25 23 or visit www.qdbr.daf.qld.gov.au.
How it will help
The legislation was developed because many Queenslanders are concerned about the welfare of dogs and puppies sold and supplied in Queensland.
The supply number of a registered dog breeder 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 who 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 working dogs.
Interstate and overseas breeders only need a supply number when the transaction occurs in Queensland. If the transaction occurs outside Queensland and the dog is transported to Queensland afterwards, the Queensland legislation does not apply.