Breeding Code of Practice

The “Code of Practice for the Responsible Breeding of Animals with Heritable Defects that cause Disease” can be downloaded here in PDF format (Gazetted: 18 June 2009). Or you can read or download the Code of Practice directly from the Department of Environment & Primary Industry.

Code of Practice for the Responsible Breeding of Animals with Heritable Defects that cause Disease

The code is made under section 7 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986. The Act makes it an offence to intentionally or recklessly breed a dog with a disease that is listed in the schedule.

The code requires that when a dog with a heritable defect changes owner the new owner must be made aware of dog’s heritable defect status. The breeder must provide the new owner with the microchip implant number of the dog and a veterinary certificate with the microchip number with details of the diagnosis.

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