The Palaszczuk Government is committed to promoting the responsible breeding of dogs and ensuring action can be taken against breeders for irresponsible dog breeding practices.

The next step is to introduce the Queensland Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Breeding Dogs and their Progeny (Standards and Guidelines) from 1 October 2018.

The Standards and Guidelines describe appropriate care, management, shelter and socialisation of breeding dogs. The Standards are mandatory requirements and the Guidelines are advice on recommended practices to achieve desirable animal welfare outcomes.

These Standards and Guidelines complement the 2017 introduction of compulsory dog breeder registration.

The new Standards are compulsory code provisions under the Queensland Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (Act) from 1 October 2018. All dog breeders, including those breeding pets, working dogs, hunting dogs or breeding dogs for commercial purposes are subject to the new Standards.

  • Those breeders who are already caring for their breeding dogs in responsible and appropriate ways should not be significantly impacted by the new Standards. Those breeders not meeting the new Standards of care, management, shelter, socialisation or housing will have to be improve upon their practices in order to comply.

The new Standards and Guidelines may be a useful tool for pet shop owners to assess whether a puppy supplier is breeding dogs responsibly.

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

The Queensland Dog Breeder Register can be accessed at:

If you require further information, please contact Mr Greg McDougall, Senior Policy Officer by telephone on 0407 742 392 or email at


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