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.
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.
Members from all state bodies have 3 months to object to a prefix awarded. In this instance that an objection is upheld and litter has been registered, a new prefix will need to be applied for and all pedigrees issued will need to be returned and reissued under the new prefix.
There is no restriction on the number of prefixes held under a membership, however, you cannot hold more than one prefix for the same breed.
It is possible to co-own a prefix with separate memberships. In this instance a syndicate prefix application would be required which involves a written agreement between parties. Co-ownership can occur for both new and existing prefixes.
We require a written letter from the person who holds the prefix authorising addition of the prefix to the registered name of the dog. This will need to be submitted with either the litter registration or the transfer documentation when lodged with the office. This can be done for dogs on the main register up until 1 year of age.