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Selling and breeding pets

Are you selling dogs or cats? You need to know the laws around selling and breeding pets.

Microchip identification

It is an offence to advertise the sale of a dog or cat unless the microchip identification number of the animal is included in the advertisement or notice. 

A registered domestic animal business may use its Council business registration number as an alternative.

Breeding animals

Do you have:

  • 3 or more fertile female dogs, or 
  • 3 or more fertile female cats, and
  • do you sell dogs or cats (whether you make a profit or not)? 

If so, you are now considered to be a 'breeding domestic animal business'. 

Register with Council, or you risk being fined. 

Further information

  • Contact Council
  • Call the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources on 136 186
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