Breeding dogs and cats in NSW

The Department of Primary Industries is seeking feedback on how we regulate cat and dog breeders in NSW.
A golden retriever dog and a domestic cat
A golden retriever dog and a domestic cat

What’s this about?

Community feedback is sought on regulations for dog and cat breeders. This is in response to increased reports of puppy factory activity driven by an unprecedented demand for pets during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Consultation Paper:

  • proposes to introduce a dog breeder licensing scheme to provide additional oversight of larger-scale breeders.
  • seeks feedback on which dog breeders should be required to obtain a licence.
  • sets out key principles to inform the development of the licensing scheme – that it should be easy to understand, that costs should be proportionate, and that it should minimise unintended consequences.

The paper also seeks feedback on whether the current requirements of the Breeding Code should continue to apply, or whether change is needed.

Have your say

Have your say by Friday 31 December 2021.

Submit your feedback using the consultation method listed below.


Online consultation

Consultation period

From:16 November 2021
To:31 December 2021

See consultation methods

More information

Email: Project team
Phone: (02) 6360 5344
Agency Website

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