Breeding Dogs

Having Pups?

Animal Management Laws Affect You

  • As of 26 May 2017, laws regarding the breeding of dogs came into effect.
  • The Queensland Government introduced the dog breeder registration laws to promote the responsible breeding of dogs due to concerns about the welfare of dogs and puppies sold and supplied in Queensland. Anyone with a female dog that has a litter is classed as a breeder.
  • Under this legislation, all persons who breed dogs, apart from genuine working dog breeders (in certain circumstances), must have an identification number, known as a Supply Number. This means that whether you are a regular breeder or your dog has puppies that you re-home to family and friends, you need to have a Supply Number.
  • A Supply Number relates to you and not your dog. So once you have one, it is yours for life.
  • It’s very easy to obtain a Supply Number. All a dog breeder must do is register on the Queensland Dog Breeder Register. This can be done prior to any pups being born, but must be done within 28 days of their puppies being born.

Who Is A Breeder And Do I Need To Register?

  • A Breeder is any person who has, or is responsible for, any female dog that has a litter. It does not matter how many dogs are owned, and the breed of dog is not relevant.

Can I Still Sell My Puppies Online, Privately Or Through A Pet Shop?

  • Yes. However, if you sell a dog or puppy through a pet shop or retailer, they must use the Supply Number identifying you as the Breeder.
  • If someone else gives away, supplies, sells or advertises your puppies, they must use the Supply Number identifying you as the Breeder.
  • It is a breach of the law to give-away, supply, sell or advertise a dog or puppies without a Supply Number that identifies the origin of the dog.

Penalties And Reporting

  • Is there a penalty if I sell my puppies and I’m not registered?
  • Yes. It is an offence if you fail to register as a Breeder and you are giving away, supplying, selling or advertising your dogs’ puppies.

More Information

  • For further information, please call the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 13 25 23 or visit their website at

Restricted Dog Breeds

  • The following breeds of dogs, including those that substantially meet the description of these breeds, are prohibited in the Flinders Shire (and within Queensland):
    • American pit-bull terrier
    • American pit-bull terrier types
    • Dogo argentine
    • Fila brasileiro
    • Japanese tosa
    • Presa canaris.

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