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FAQ - General

What is the difference between a “Registered Breeder” and a “Registered Breeder with Dogs Victoria”?

A person may advertise as a “Registered Breeder” but this does not mean that they are a member of Dogs Victoria as they may be registered with their local council as a Domestic Animal Business.

Being a member of Dogs Victoria, a person is bound to rules, regulations & a code of ethics in regards to breeding, must register all puppies bred by them and can only breed one of the recognised breeds with the Australian National Kennel Council.

Should you encounter any problems with a breeder, Dogs Victoria is only in a position to help you if they are a member of Dogs Victoria. Please see our Compliance FAQ section for more information.

How many recognised breeds are there in Australia?

There are over 200 recognised breeds in Australia and each was bred for a specific purpose and has a breed standard, some of which have been around for hundreds of years.

A full list of all Recognised Breeds in Australia can be found on the Dogs Australia website. 

Do you deal with Cross Breeds?

Yes and No.  Our core purpose is to protect and promote the Pure Breed varieties of dogs and our members are not permitted to breed cross bred varieties of dog as per the rules & regulations.  However, members can own cross bred dogs on our Associate Register and compete in performance disciplines with them.

Can you put me in touch with a breeder?

If you ring the Dogs Victoria office or visit the website, we can direct you to the associated breed club for a particular breed of dog that you are after.  We do not have a list of breeders for cross breed dog varieties.

How do I become a Registered Breeder?

  1. Join Dogs Victoria and achieve a minimum period of 12 months continuous membership.
  2. Become the registered owner of a female purebred dog you wish to breed with by transferring the dog in your name, so that your name appears as the owner on the Certificate of Registration & Pedigree (Main Register)
  3. Complete and pass the Breeders Education Package – Open Book Exam.  This exam is intended to raise the level of accreditation of member breeders.
  4. Apply for a Registration of a Breeders Prefix which will identify all dogs bred by you. A Breeders Prefix is often referred to as your Kennel name. 
  5. Ensure that the Sire (Father) that you have chosen to mate to your bitch is owned either by a financial member of Dogs Victoria or an interstate Controlling Body.

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.
Dogs Victoria also encourages members to read the Guidelines for Breeders document BEFORE considering breeding their dog.

How do I enter a dog show?

For more information see pages 6 & 7 of our Dogs N Shows booklet which covers Online & Paper/Postal Entries.

Online Entry Provider for Dogs Victoria

The Official Partner and Preferred Online Entry Provider for Dogs Victoria subcommittee conformation events is Easy Dog Entries.
A link to the Easy Dog Entries website can be found at the top of this page and accessed by clicking on their logo. 

Click here to access their 'Getting Started' guides for Clubs and Exhibitors.   

When is the next dog show?

For more information visit our Shows and Trials Calendar page.

Do I have legal responsibilities as a dog owner?

For more information visit our Law and You page.

Where can I take my dog?

For more information visit our Dog Walks and Travel page.


For more information visit our Scale of Charges page.

Change of Contact Details

Any changes to your contact details ie. address, phone number/s or email, must be made in writing to Dogs Victoria to affect this update on your member record. Written notifications can be via post, email or fax. It is important that we receive written notification so that we can verify the request has come direct from the member in question. This maintains our database integrity and ensures your personal information is protected and recorded correctly.

I have written to Dogs Victoria – what happens next?

Depending on the nature of your correspondence, your letter or email may be forwarded to the monthly Management Committee for their consideration. As a result, it may be some weeks before you receive a formal response.

Do I need a Working with Children Check?

Read more here on how these rules apply to Dogs Victoria sanctioned events.

Who do I call if I have a query regarding my Petcover Insurance?

All insurance queries should be directed to Crystal Sami from Petcover via 0411 265 746 or