Breeding dogs is a venture which should not be embarked upon without full and proper consideration to the many important facets and requirements involved.
The Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) Ltd has produced a document entitled Guidelines for Breeders. Dogs Victoria also encourages members to read this document BEFORE considering breeding their dog to familiarise themselves with the requirements and responsibilities of becoming a breeder.
In accordance with VCA Regulations you are not permitted to breed a litter prior to registration of your Prefix.
Once you become a member of Dogs Victoria, the VCA Regulations state you may only breed with pedigree dogs on the Main Register of the ANKC database. Any breach of the VCA Regulations whilst a member of Dogs Victoria are reported to the Compliance Team and could result in disciplinary action.
A prefix is the kennel name is which you register all dogs that you have bred under and is a unique identifier to you.
We post an open book exam out to you together with information on breeding. It is an open book exam in which you have 30 days to complete in the comfort of your own home before returning to our office. You have access to the internet, other breeders, vets & libraries to answer the questions. Once the exam is returned we send these to our assessors for marking. This can take 1-2 weeks as all our assessors are volunteers. Once we receive a result we will notify you.
No, this is the first rule you sign when joining Dogs Victoria. You cannot start breeding until such time as you have been granted a prefix as per the Dogs Victoria rules & regulations.
You can start breeding once you hold a prefix.