Animal Welfare Breeding Standard - Cats and Dogs - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will be required to comply with this standard if you intend to breed cats or dogs. The purpose of the standard is to prevent the intensive breeding of female cats and dogs in puppy and kitten farms. The standard sets out rules that outline:

  • When an animal may breed
  • The minimum and maximum age for cats and dogs
  • The maximum number of litters an individual dog or cat can have
  • How often an individual cat or dog may have litters within a time period
  • The minimum age a cat or dog is allowed to start breeding.

The standard also states that a person must not breed a litter from a female dog or cat that has previously suffered a failure to carry a litter to term more than forty-two days after mating or given birth by caesarean section.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Transport Canberra and City Services
Parks and Territory Services Division
City Services

Act(s) name

Animal Welfare Act 1992 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Enquiries, Licensing and Compliance
Transport Canberra and City Services
Parks and Territory Services Division
City Services

Operating address:
Macarthur House,
12 Wattle Street
Australian Capital Territory 2601
Mailing address:
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601




02 62075956

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