If you are thinking of purchasing a puppy, here are some information that may assist you in your search for the right puppy.
Remember, you can't ask too many questions!
What is the difference between main, limited & associate register?
A dog on the Main Register (blue certificate) has full rights. The dogs on this register can be shown in conformation shows in order to gain titles and may be bred from to other Main Register dogs of the same breed and have their progeny registered as purebreds.
The Limited Register (orange certificate) indicates that dog is pedigreed but cannot be shown at conformation shows nor can the dog be bred with and have the progeny registered as pedigreed puppies.
To be on the Associate Register a dog does not need to have known parentage. Dogs on any of these Registers are eligible to compete in Obedience, Agility and many other trials and dog sports. Dogs must be desexed to be included on the Associate Register.
are puppies required to be microchipped?
It is an ANKC requirement that all puppies registered with Dogs Victoria (or any other state body) must be microchipped prior to registration.
It is now also a Department of Primary Industries requirement that any advertisement for a dog for sale in Victoria lists the microchip number. All puppies sold, adopted or given away must be microchipped.
All councils in Victoria require dogs and cats to be microchipped prior to registration.
Visit the DEPI website for a contact list of microchip registries to ensure your pet's details are up-to-date.
What should I expect from a breeder?
What you should expect from the person who sells you a puppy
How do I know I am buying from a Dogs Victoria registered breeder?
Council registration or membership with a pet industry association is different from Dogs Victoria membership.
You can confirm a breeder's registration status by calling Dogs Victoria office on (03) 9788 2500 or emailing email@example.com.
Please note that not all breeders registered with Dogs Victoria are members of the Labrador Retriever Club of Victoria.
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Dogs Victoria is committed to ensuring that when it comes to puppy sales and purchasing, members are following the Code of Ethics and Practice that the organisation adheres to.
If you have experienced any issues when you have tried to purchase a puppy from a breeder who is a member of Dogs Victoria please contact the office on (03) 9788 2500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Dogs Victoria only regulates its members. Council registration does not necessarily mean that the breeder is a Dogs Victoria registered breeder. Please do your research before obtaining your next purebred dog.
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