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New dog breeding guidelines introduced

Friday, 28 September 2018

From 1 October new guidelines and welfare standards for dog breeding will be introduced by the Queensland State Government.

The Queensland Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Breeding Dogs and their Progeny will outline the appropriate care, management, shelter, socialisation and housing of breeding dogs. The Standards are mandatory requirements and the Guidelines are advice on recommended practices to achieve desirable welfare outcomes.

Dog breeding

The Standards and Guidelines complement the introduction of the compulsory registration of dog breeders from the May 26, 2017.  The new Standards are compulsory code provisions under the Animal Care and protection Act 2001 from 1 October 2018. All dog breeders (including breeding pets, working dogs, hunting dogs or breeding dogs for commercial purposes) are subject to the new Standards.

More information

Copies of the Standards and Guidelines and advice will be publicly available from 1 October 2018 from:

  • The Queensland government website:
  • The Customer Service Centre of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries by:
  • Phone: 13 25 23 ( cost of a local call within Queensland)
  • 8 am to 5 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
  • 9 am to 5 pm Thursday
  • Email:
  • Fax: +61 7 3404 6900.

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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