Animal Welfare Breeding Standards - Australian Capital Territory


You will need 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.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Animal Welfare Act 1992 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Animal Welfare Regulation 2001 Australian Capital Territory

Administering agency

Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate

Parks and Territory Services Division

City Services

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