Since May 2017, everyone giving away, supplying, selling or advertising dogs or puppies is required to have a supply number that identifies the registered breeder of that dog. This legislation applies to all litters, including accidental litters.
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. The supply number 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 information about the breeder.
Dog breeders have up to 28 days after a litter is born to register on the Queensland Dog Breeder Register.
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.
Failure to register for a Supply Number will result in hefty fines.
Residents also have the capacity to make a complaint about welfare concerns and unlawful puppy breeding.
Please visit the Queensland Dog Breeder Register to register or obtain further information including fact sheets about puppy breeding in Queensland.