Welcome to the Australian Association of Pet Dog Breeders Inc. (AAPDB)


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 a registered dog.

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 must undertake an animal focused, quality assurance  audit of their premises annually which must be carried out by a practising veterinarian  in order to demonstrate their commitment to animal welfare and ethical behaviour.


AAPDB INC Code of Ethics.

Membership requirements:

  • Members shall read and understand the Australian Association of Pet Dog Breeders Standards and shall agree to abide by these standards.
  • 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.
  • Probationary Members shall provide personal Identification and allow their property to be inspected by an independent Veterinarian  within  3 months of joining the AAPDB.

Husbandry requirements:

  • Members shall ensure that their dogs are under effective control at all times.
  • Members shall feed their animals a balanced diet appropriate to their life stage. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Members shall not euthanase retired breeding dogs. Retired dogs must be desexed, and re homed 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 re-homed as pets
  • b) Painful or life threatening health problems that detract from the animal’s expectation of experiencing  reasonable quality of life.
  • Members may house breeding dogs in a Guardian home. 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 Guardianship care contract which clearly spells out the responsibilities of the owner and the Guardian family.

Sale of puppies:

.     Members must  vaccinate all puppies no younger than 6 weeks of age.   

  •   Members shall never sell a puppy younger than 8 weeks of age.
  •   Members should sell their puppies either:

a)   Desexed at least 2 weeks before re homing.

b)   With a $50.00 (minimum) desexing voucher refundable on proof of desexing

  • If  a members should sell puppies to a Pet Store then that Pet Store must be an approved pet store.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Members shall not sell puppies to children under the age of 18 and shall not sell puppies at shows or fairs.
  •  Members shall accurately describe the breeding of the puppies they sell. 

Post sale obligations:

  • 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.
  • Members shall provide new owners with information regarding feeding, veterinary care and training of their puppies
  • Members are responsible for any 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.
  • Members must 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.
  • Members must provide written post sale agreements outlining any genetic health testing that has been undertaken, what conditions are not preventable, and when refunds will be offered. (At present it is not a requirement of the AAPDB that all members dog’s are genetically tested though we do intend this to become mandatory by 1st July 2019). 
  • Members must undertake to take back and re-home any dog they have bred at any stage in the animal’s life should it become homeless for any reason.


    • Member’s will behave professionally in their dealings with other member’s owners and the general public.

      In Particular:

    • Member’s will treat their customer’s with respect and will protect their confidentiality at all times.
    • Member’s will treat their fellow members and other breeders with respect and will not make comment’s which will bring fellow breeder’s, the AAPDB or the Pet Dog Breeding Industry into disrepute.
    • Members will promote responsible pet dog breeding and responsible pet ownership in both words and actions. 


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  following link  complaints.

Why choose an AAPDB member?

Vet Approved Breeders:

Once members complete their breeder training, have been Veterinarian Audited , provided Pictures of their facility, paid their upgrade fee and have passed their requirements, they are approved as Full members.

Exceptional Dog Care:

With leading company partners we can offer the best and most modern food and medication available for all breeding dogs and pups.

Professional organisations also committed to excellence in the Pet Industry

Pets AustraliaPet Industry Association