Peak pet industry body rejects dog breeding proposal



The key mandate of the Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) is animal welfare, and accordingly it welcomes a review on breeding standards, especially for dogs.

But as stated in a media release issued earlier this week, PIAA has grave concerns about proposed amendments to Victoria’s Domestic Animals Act recently introduced by the Victorian Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, in support of the following:

  • Limiting the maximum number of female breeding dogs in domestic facilities to 10, and
  • Banning the sale of puppies in pet stores unless sourced from an animal shelter

The view of PIAA is that this proposal is not based on facts and that it will not in the long run improve animal welfare.

“To date, enforcement of relevant codes has not taken place and this is largely responsible for the problems the industry is now experiencing,” said the press release.

PIAA is concerned there will be a number of adverse consequences should the amendments be accepted.

The statement concludes: “PIAA is pushing for an upper house committee enquiry so that the unintended consequences of this misguided proposal can be examined and acted upon in an ethical and evidence-based manner.”


  1. I agree with the PIAA, the number of breeding dogs at anyone place has no bearing on the standard of care given to each dog. While it easy to try to put numbers on these concerns, it is the overall impact on the welfare of the breeding dog that must be considered, and this could only be done by a trained welfare officer or veterinarian. Acquiring a puppy from a shelter is not the ideal start for a puppy either. We need to look at best ways to breed and raise puppies if we are to continue to enjoy the immense benefits of the company of dogs.

  2. I have serious concerns regarding these proposals. Interbreeding from purebred limited gene pool is fraught with significant dangers and ongoing health implications. Not all registered breeders are ethical or responsible. Registered breeders can and have proven to be little more than puppy mills. People continue to purchase purebred dogs because they are cute, cuddly or the fashion of the moment and then find them inappropriate to their lifestyle, too high maintenance etc and they still end up as strays or needing re-homing. This will simply transfer a problem from being pool of cross-bred (and no doubt genetically healthier) strays to a pool of purebred strays. I have personal knowledge of one breeder who bred 73 puppies from one sire before that sire was even 18 months old: Another dog judge/breeder who bred all her bitches at first season and every one thereafter until too old. Irresponsibility is not just the domain of the cross-bred dog. Compulsory desexing simply adds another dimension to the interbreeding and creates a monopoly for breeders to hold purchasers to ransom. Time to actually enforce the laws that already exist without introducing such preclusive and draconian measures which will severely limit responsible pet ownership and will do little to solve the problem of unwanted dogs.
    South Australia is going down the same populist path to the same unhappy ending.


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