About Us

Welcome to the Australian Association of Pet Dog Breeders.


AAPDB Inc, was formed by a group of breeders, including a veterinarian and several veterinary nurses, to provide a voice for breeders of dogs which are not ‘registered’ – these are the majority of all  pet dogs in Australia. The various State Kennel Clubs register dogs for show ring competition and to be a registered Kennel Club breeder you must own registered dogs. The AAPDB believes that health and suitability as a pet is at least as important, and probably more important, than having a long pedigree or winning a conformation competition, and so our Association registers breeders rather than dogs.

The AAPDB requires our breeders to agree to a strict code of ethical behaviour which is outlined below. Full members undertake an animal focused, quality assurance audit of their premises carried out by a practicing veterinarian  in order to demonstrate their commitment to animal welfare and ethical behaviour.

AAPDB INC Code of Ethics.

Membership requirements

  1. Members shall read and understand the Australian Association of Pet Dog Breeders Standards and shall agree to abide by these standards.
  2. Members shall read and understand the legal obligation they have through the relevant Codes of Practice relating to Dog Breeding in their State or Territory and agree to abide by the practices outlined except where these practices might conflict with Australian Association of Pet Dog Breeders Standards in which case the more stringent standard will apply
  3. Probationary Members shall allow their property to be inspected by an independent veterinarian within 12 months of joining the AAPDB

Husbandry requirements

Members shall ensure that their dogs are under effective control at all times.

  1. Members shall feed their animals a balanced diet appropriate to their life stage as outlined in the AAPDB Manual.
  2. Members shall keep their animals appropriately vaccinated, groomed and free from internal and external parasites and shall seek veterinary attention promptly for animals showing symptoms of illness as outlined in the AAPDB Manual.
  3. Members shall not house their animals in cages for any reason other than transport, breeding or treatment of illnesses. Animals should spend most of their life in communal runs as described in the AAPDB Manual.
  4. Members shall not euthanase retired breeding dogs. Retired dogs must be desexed, and rehomed or kept as pets. Euthanasia may only be performed by a qualified veterinarian in the case of:
  • a. intractable behavioural problems that preclude dogs from being used of breeding or rehomed as pets
  • b. Painful or life threatening health problems that detract from the animal’s expectation of experiencing reasonable quality of life

5. Members should ensure that puppies are vaccinated, free from internal parasites and that they are appropriately socialised as outlined in the AAPDB Manual

6. Members may house breeding dogs in foster homes. The breeder owns and takes full responsibility for the breeding and welfare of these dogs until they are desexed on retirement. The breeder is fully responsible for the sale of puppies and will provide a foster care contract which clearly spells out the responsibilities of the owner and the foster family.

Sale of puppies

  1. Members must rehome their puppies no earlier than 8 weeks of age after vaccination at 6 weeks. Members shall never sell a puppy younger than 7 weeks of age.
  2. Members should sell their puppies either
  3. Desexed at 6 weeks, or at least 2 weeks before rehoming
  4. With a $50.00 (minimum) desexing voucher refundable on proof of desexing
  5. Only to an approved pet store.
  6. Sale of puppies to stores that are members of the Pet industry Association of Australia, Pets Australia or have undertaken the AAPDB pet store Audit, and offer desexing vouchers with all puppies, are approved by the AAPDB.
  7. Members may not act as brokers or retailers unless this is fully disclosed to buyers and the puppies are sourced from fully audited AAPDB members.
  8. Members shall not sell puppies to children under the age of 16 and shall not sell puppies at shows or fairs.
  9. Members shall accurately describe the breeding of the puppies they sell as outlined in the AAPDB Manual – Breeding terminology and discussion

Post sale obligations

  1. Members shall offer a 3 day “cooling off” period after private sale of a puppy during which time the pup can be returned and the purchase price refunded, excluding any previously stated non-refundable deposit or any transport costs involved.
  2. Members shall provide new owners with information regarding feeding, veterinary care and training of their puppies
  3. Members are responsible for illnesses present at the time of purchase of the puppy and must pay verified veterinary expenses up to the purchase price of the puppy when such expenses are incurred
  4. Members should accept responsibility for preventable genetic or congenital health problems arising in the first 18 months of the dogs life. In which case they should pay verified veterinary expenses up to the purchase price of the puppy, replace the puppy, or take back the puppy and offer a full refund.
  5. Members should to provide written post sale agreements outlining what health testing has been undertaken, what conditions are not preventable, and when refunds will be offered.
  6. Members must undertake to take back and rehome any dog they have bred at any stage in the animal’s life should it become homeless for any reason.





If you have reason to believe that an AAPDB breeder has breached these ethics then please contact us through the web site or fill out a complaints form using the link on our home page.