Policy Statements


Advantages of Purebred Dogs 
For thousands of years, man has bred strains of dogs with desired characteristics and/or ability and instincts to perpetuate and enhance these characteristics. Purebred dogs are true to type when mated. Offspring are predictable in appearance and instinct, and are more reliable in temperament.

Various breeds of purebred dogs have appeared and disappeared throughout history. Various dog registries throughout the world recognise more than 400 pure breeds. Some of these are of relatively recent origin, while others have existed since the time of the pharaohs.

Many mixed breed dogs and dogs of indeterminate breeding are capable of providing excellent canine companionship and in some cases even human service and assistance, just as purebred dogs do. However, neither the appearance nor characteristics of mixed breed dogs are predictable, nor can they be perpetuated. The belief that mixed breeds of dogs are more vigorous, healthy, or well adjusted than properly bred purebred dogs is a myth. The choice of a purebred dog permits the prospective dog owner to select the size, appearance, disposition and instincts that the owner desires with assurance that a puppy purchased from a responsible breeder should possess those characteristics.

DOGS Victoria Privacy Policy
DOGS Victoria is committed to excellent member service and this policy outlines our ongoing obligations to you in respect of how we manage your personal information. We are committed to protecting your privacy and to comply with Information Privacy Act (Vic) (2000) and the Commonwealth Privacy Act (1988). We will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully. To read the policy please click here.

Breeding Restrictions 
The Victorian Canine Association Inc shares the public's concern about over population of dogs and the resulting euthanasing of large numbers of dogs.

The VCA believes this problem results from inadequate animal control and irresponsible breeding and marketing practices of commercial and unethical breeders. We strongly support measures to educate people who breed pets and the potential pet buying public about responsible breeding practices and the responsibilities of pet ownerhsip. We endorse strengthened enforcement of the laws governing commercial breeders and traffickers in dogs and, where necessary, the strengthening of the laws themselves.

We support the spay/neutering of non-breeding stock, but reserve the rights of breeders to reserve their judgement on potential breeding animals.

Electronic, spiked or pronged collars and the like
Members of DOGS Victoria and members of clubs affiliated with DOGS Victoria are prohibited from using electronic, spiked or pronged collars or the like on their dogs, or allowing electronic, spike or pronged collars or the like to be used on their dogs. 

We refer you to VCA regulation 3.5.2 Dog Collars
"The use of dog collars incorporating protrusions designed to puncture or bruise the dog's skin, or electronic collars designed to deliver an electric shock to the dog is prohibited."

These collars are prohibited by the Australian National Kennel Council Ltd and DOGS Victoria and members found to use or have used such collars shall be dealt with under DOGS Victoria's disciplinary procedure.

DOGS Victoria Social Media Code of Conduct

Social media has become an integral part of day to day communication for individuals as well as businesses.

Social media is defined as the social interaction among people in which they create, share or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks.

Social media may  include but is not limited to magazines, Internet forumsweblogssocial blogs,microbloggingwikissocial networkspodcasts, photographs or pictures, video, rating and social bookmarking. Technologies include blogging, picture-sharing, vlogs, wall-posting, music-sharing,crowdsourcing and voice over IP.

Its ability to capture community sentiment and shape opinions is driven by its dynamic and immediate nature.

What constitutes ethical behaviour can be somewhat ambiguous when engaging in social forums, however DOGS Victoria believes its members should uphold the highest ethical standards displaying respect, honesty and integrity.

This Social Media Code of Conduct aims to provide guidelines on best practice behaviour when using social media.


·       Abide by DOGS Victoria rules & regulations

·       Be reasonable and respectful – do not post malicious, misleading or unfair content in relation to DOGS Victoria or its affiliates, DOGS Victoria staff, DOGS Victoria members or members of other ANKC affiliated bodies.

·       Be accurate – any comment posted as fact should be able to be substantiated

·       Act in manner that is consistent with good community expectations

The same values that apply in the real world also apply in the virtual world and in social media exchanges.

Despite the seemingly unregulated nature of social media, the law still pertains online. Postings online (and similarly in email or text messages) are subject to the law in areas such as defamation, racial discrimination, intimidation and bullying.

Breach of the Social Media Code of Conduct
DOGS Victoria continually monitors activity in relation to the organisation and its members.

Dogs Victoria takes compliance with this policy seriously. Detected breaches of the policy should be reported to DOGS Victoria for investigation.

A breach of this Code may result in disciplinary action which could result in, but is not limited to, the issuing of a formal warning or suspension.

Particularly serious matters may be referred for legal opinion or to Police.

Consultation or advice
This policy has been developed to provide guidance for DOGS Victoria members.

Any members who are unsure of their rights, liabilities or actions online and seek clarification should contact DOGS Victoria Management Committee or the DOGS Victoria CE.

Use of Dogs in Sporting and Competition Activities
The Victorian Canine Association Inc encourages and strongly supports the interaction of mutual enjoyment of man and dog in sporting activities such as hunting and field trials; in working circumstances such as herding, tracking and weight pulling; and in competitive events such as dogs shows, obedience trials and other performance tests.

We believe dogs should be properly cared for and humanely trained not pushed beyond reasonable limits.

Attack Training
The Victorian Canine Association Inc totally and unequivocally opposes the practice of training a dog to attack humans and/or animals. We are in full support of any state or federal laws that would outlaw this practice.

The Victorian Canine Association Inc opposes the training of dogs for aggressive behaviour by any person.

DOGS Victoria logo
Use of the DOGS Victoria logo without written permission from DOGS Victoria is strictly prohibited. The DOGS Victoria logo is a registered trademark of DOGS Victoria and using the logo without permission is a breach of copyright.

Exhibitor set up at KCC Park and the Bulla Exhibition Centre (amended 03/01/2017)

Following considerable feedback from members, Management Committee have reviewed the policy in relation to setup prior to shows and the policy will revert to the following -

Set up policy at KCC Park and the Bulla Exhibition Centre

1. No set up prior to the day of the show, in the event of a double show, prior to the day of the first show. This excludes gazebos booked through DOGS Victoria. Members note if they are hiring these gazebos they are not able to access them prior to the day of the show, in the event of a double show, prior to the day of the first show.

2. All gazebos are to be set up with the narrow side to the ring to minimise large set ups to the exclusion of many other exhibitors

3. For ring access there are to be no more than three gazebos joined together without a walkway

4. Saved space not occupied at the commencement of the show maybe occupied by any exhibitor

5. No ropes, mats, tarps or other form of marking out is permitted under any circumstances due to safety issues

Please see also ANKC Policy Statements. DOGS Victoria is the state member body of the ANKC (Australian National Kennel Council)