Why choose RPBA Breeders?
Members that care about the well-being and future home of their animals. They are responsible and follow ethical practices.
Vet Approved Breeders:
After becoming an RPBA probationary breeder, members can then apply for a full RPBA membership, where they are checked and audited by Veterinarian. New members that have already been recently Vet audited need to provide proof of audit and will be crosschecked with Vet. Once they pass these requirements and the below they are approved.
Best In Class Dog Welfare & Care:
Full members must have a solid understanding of best practices, breeding code of ethics and how to care and bring up their animals. Animals must be fed premium diets for their welfare and future health.
Responsible Pet Breeders Australia was founded in 2018 on the principle that all dog and cat breeders and owners should have a platform to share their voice and ensure the well being of cats and dogs, to be treated ethically, with love and care, regardless of whether they are purebred or not.
Other organisations such as breeder clubs only monitor breeds with long pedigrees, especially for competition confirmation, but we recognise that these rules do not guarantee the health of most pets and suitability for most pet owners nationwide.
The RPBA goal is that all dogs and cats should find the right suitable loving family home whether they are purebred or not, after all, not all animals are pedigree across Australia.
We believe that non-pedigree breeders should follow the same level of care and consideration, and so the RPBA has been formed to provide guidelines, a code of ethics and standards and recognition to all breeders, not just the ones with pedigrees.
The aim of our site is to ensure the absolute best conditions/upbringing for all dogs and cats that are bred and sold, for the welfare of the animals and new owners alike.
In order to be an RPBA member, breeders must uphold strict ethical guidelines, as outlined below. These requirements may be updated at any time, especially in response to new developments in pet care and breeding. Where members must continue to develop and sustain their practices accordingly.
We do not accept members with more than 10 fertile breeding dogs or cats. Applicants who have applied for an RPBA membership and have more than 10 breeding dogs or cats will be declined membership. Code of Ethics
Code of Ethics
Our Code of Ethics, Standards and Membership Requirements:
1. Legislative Requirements
1.1 All RPBA members, both probationary and full, agree to and must always comply with the state and local government legislation, regulations, standards and Codes of practice that apply to the welfare, keeping, breeding and management of dogs and cats.
1.2 It is the responsibility of the RPBA members to ensure they are up to date with the latest state and local government legislation, regulations, standards and Codes of practice that apply to the welfare, keeping, breeding and management of dogs and cats.
1.3 If a member becomes aware at any time of another member breaching the RPBA Code of Ethics or the relevant state legislation applicable to their location, they will report this to both the RPBA and local authorities
1.4. Where applicable, members must ensure they have the appropriate licences/permits/registrations/ Breeder numbers for breeding animals in their local council area.
1.5 All animals(where age-appropriate) must be microchipped and registered with the members’ local council.
2. Membership Requirements
2.1 To become a full member, a practising veterinarian must audit the breeder’s property in order to ensure that the owner has taken all steps necessary to provide for their animal’s welfare and are following the RPBA Code of Ethics.
2.2. Within 12 months of becoming a probationary member of the RPBA, a vet audit must be undertaken at the breeder’s property in order for a member to retain their membership.
2.3 Membership applications must be accompanied by a form of photographic identification to verify a member
2.4 RPBA members, upon request of the RPBA, must supply updated images of their premises.
2.5 RPBA members must not at any time have more than 10 breeding females of any kind per membership. This is inclusive of animals at guardian homes. A breeding female is defined as an intact/entire female over the age of 4 months old, regardless of whether cat or dog.
3. Animal Husbandry Requirements
3.1 Animals must be kept under effective control always, for their own safety and for the safety of the neighbourhood.
3.2 Animals must be fed a complete, premium diet appropriate for their age/weight as outlined
3.3 Animals must come with first vaccinations and be up to date with worming/parasite treatment in order to keep them free from common infectious diseases and external and internal parasites. This applies to breeding parents, and the puppies and kittens available for sale.
3.4 Animals must come microchipped.
3.5 Members must seek veterinary care immediately for any animals/pets showing signs/symptoms of a disease and must consult with their primary veterinarian throughout the breeding process.
3.6 Animals must come with first vaccinations and be up to date with worming/parasite treatment in order to keep them free from common infectious diseases and external and internal parasites. This applies to breeding parents, and the puppies and kittens available for sale.
3.7 Cats and dogs shall not be housed in cages other than transport or illness treatment/quarantine (only if advised/approved by a vet).
3.8 Animals must spend the majority of their lives in communal runs or with free areas to move in, have access to natural lighting/ventilation, whereas cages may only be employed for transport, safety during recovery from disease or injury, and closely monitored crate training (only if advised/approved by a vet).
3.9 In the event that euthanasia is both necessary and humane (including cases of dangerous and intractable behaviours that preclude rehoming, where all other options have been exhausted, or life-threatening or chronically painful conditions that eliminate the reasonable probability of the animal having sufficient ongoing quality of life). The procedure must be performed by a qualified veterinarian and a detailed explanation must be provided.
3.10 Members that are housing dogs that are being bred in foster homes must ensure that those homes are subject to the same process of approval by a veterinarian and breeders retain all responsibilities for animal care and welfare (including rehoming them, if necessary, upon retirement), as well as responsibility for selling puppies and kittens conforming with the RPBA’s code of ethics and standards. It’s recommended that a foster care contract outlining the various responsibilities and duties of the foster family and owner is provided, although the ultimate responsibility of the RPBA’s code of ethics & standards remains with the owner & caretaker of the animal.
3.11 No animal may undergo any banned procedures (ear cropping, tail docking, dog debarking) unless for a medical reason which is supported with a written recommendation by a veterinary practitioner.
4. Breeding Requirements
4.1 Members must ensure only healthy animals are bred.
4.2.Due consideration must be given before mating takes place to the potential health risks of such a mating. This includes sizes of the bitch and stud, bitch’s ability to whelp puppies, predisposed breed conditions. RPBA reserves the right to revoke memberships in circumstances where there is a significant or problematic size difference between dam and sire.
4.3 Retired breeding cats and dogs are required to be desexed and be kept as family pets or rehomed.
4.4 Breeding females must be retired from breeding before they become 6 years old
4.5 Bitches and queens must not be mated before 12 months of age without the written approval of a veterinary practitioner.
4.6 Members must make all reasonable attempts to ensure that animals they are breeding from are free from heritable diseases.
4.7 Breeding females are not to have more than 3 litters in any two-year period without the written approval of a veterinary practitioner.
4.8 Proper records must be maintained of all breeding activities and must be produced when requested to the RPBA.
5. Sale Requirements
5.1 Kittens and puppies may be sold and rehomed only after 8 weeks old (age). They must have had their 6-week first vaccination.
5.2 Kittens and puppies, when sold commercially, may only be sold to RPBA-audited pet stores, or stores that are members of PIAA, never at shows or fairs.
5.3 Sale of kittens and puppies cannot be made by a person under 18 years of age.
5.4 All advertisements for dogs and cats for sale must include the animal’s microchip number, relevant Breeder/Supplier number and vaccination status
5.5 RPBA members shall honestly share the upbringing/breeding/temperament of their kittens or puppies to prospective owners.
5.6 Breeders must ask potential owners the following questions and be satisfied to a reasonable degree by the answers from prospective buyers that the animals’ welfare will not be compromised:
- How long has it been since you decided to buy a puppy/kitten, and what preparation have you undertaken?
- Do you live in a house, and is your property fully fenced/secure for the type of animal you are hoping to purchase? What sort of housing do you have for the puppy or kitten?
- What made you choose this particular breed?
- Are you fully aware of the life expectancy, ongoing cost expectations, and dietary/housing/exercise/health/training needs of a puppy or kitten?
- Do you have other pets, and are they up-to-date with their vaccinations and parasite prevention?
- Do you have pet insurance, or will you set aside savings for the unfortunate event of disease or injury in your pet’s future?
5.7 Breeders must fully disclose any and all known hereditary and or pre-existing conditions in writing to the new owner
5.8 Breeders must provide new and potential owners with comprehensive general information including feeding, desexing, vet care, worming, and flea treatment for their animal. These fact sheets must include at a minimum the below:
- General care requirements of the species, including appropriate diet and feeding regimes and expected costs
- The usual lifespan of the breed/species
- The minimum and recommended requirements for humane and secure shelter and accommodation, as well as common-sense advice in this area (e.g. maximum time an animal can be left unattended, shelter from the sun and water requirements during summer, etc.)
- The minimum and recommended requirements for social contact with humans and other animals of the same species, as well as recommended types and levels of exercise
- The minimum and recommended requirements for the prevention and control of common diseases, parasites, behavioural conditions and emergencies, both in general and in relation to the particular species or breed, and advice on identifying and managing or responding to such events
- Relevant information about the legal requirements for pet ownership in your state or area
- Any other information that the purchaser must reasonably be made aware of
5.9 RPBA members must accurately represent the breed of any animals sold.
6. Post Sale Requirements
6.1 RPBA members are solely responsible for rehoming any owned animals in their care or that have been bred during the animal’s lifetime. Should an animal be rendered homeless, the RPBA is happy to assist and provide advice where possible.
6.2 Upon the sale of a puppy or kitten, RPBA members must agree to provide a three-day cooling off’ period, in which the animal may be returned for any reason. If this is done during the cooling-off period, it is at the Breeders discretion what refund will apply, however a minimum of 50% refund* is required to be given (This may exclude any transport expenses incurred during the sale). *A 75% refunded is required in the state of Victoria
6.3 A post-sale agreement outlining all health tests completed by a veterinarian must be provided at the time of sale, including information on other unpreventable and/or untestable conditions, and for which conditions refunds will be offered
6.4 Expenses for the treatment of preventable genetic and/or health problems present from birth that arise within the first 12 months of the dog or cat’s life are the sole responsibility of the RPBA-approved breeder, up to the price of the animal. This also includes costs and veterinary care associated with any diseases or injuries present during the time of sale. Breeders must cover these costs up to the price of the animal (no more than the cost of the animal is claimable), or receive the animal back with a refund of the original cost of the animal (as well as taking responsibility for re-homing the animal), or replace the animal with a healthy individual.
State Legislation Resources
- Companion Animals Breeding Standards
- Animal Welfare Code of Practice Breeding Dogs & Cats
- NSW Animal Services – Companion Animals Act 1998
- Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulation 2012
- Laws for pet owners in Queensland
- Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008
- Animal Care and Protection Act 2001
- Domestic Animals Act 2000
- Animal Welfare Act 1992
- Animal Welfare (Welfare of Dogs in the ACT) Code of Practice 2010*
- Dog and Cat Management Act 1995
- Dog and Cat Management Regulations 2017
- Animal Welfare Act 1985
- South Australian Standards for Breeding & Trading Companion Animals 2017