Becoming a Breeder

Breeding dogs is something that many people consider doing, but it is something that comes with quite a bit of responsibility, long hours, and considerable expense – it certainly is not for the feint-hearted! 

To do it well you need to have an excellent understanding of the physiology of the dog, a comprehensive knowledge of genetics, breeding, and breeding strategies, as well the time and resources to put into nurturing a litter of puppies so that they can develop to their full potential.

You also need to have facilities that meet or exceed the minimum standards set out by the Victorian Government and an understanding of the laws that apply to dog breeders in this state.

What sets Dogs Victoria Breeders apart?

Dogs Victoria registered breeders are committed to preserving the unique heritage of their chosen breeds. They do this through careful selection of breeding stock, comprehensive health testing and screening for known breed conditions, and maintenance of genetic diversity though sharing of genetic material with like-minded breeders from around the country and around the world.

Dogs Victoria registered breeders aim to produce healthy, happy puppies that are true to their breed standard in physical appearance and temperament, fit for the purpose they were originally bred for.  They have a driving passion for preserving and improving the breed they love so that others can enjoy the unique characteristics that make the breed special. 

Getting Started

If you are thinking about breeding pure-bred pedigree dogs, Dogs Victoria would like to welcome you and help you learn everything you need to know to be a responsible breeder. 

It is important to note that just being a Dogs Victoria member does not qualify you to begin breeding.  

Before you can begin planning your first litter, you will need to have been a member for at least 12 months, complete our Breeder Education package and assessment, then apply for and wait to be granted a Breeder's 'Prefix'.

Want to learn more? A great place to start is to read our Breeder Education Booklet - 2nd Edition which provides loads of information - from getting started to whelping your first litter.  It also outlines all of the steps you will have to take to become a Dogs Victoria Registered Breeder. 

You can also access our Breeder Education Package application form if you think you are ready to start the process of becoming a Dogs Victoria registered breeder. For more information we have a fact sheet on the steps to becoming a Dogs Victoria breeder