This section has some answers to frequently asked questions about becoming a member of DOGS NSW, registering your dog, and purebred dogs in general. Just click through the headings above.
If you have any questions which aren’t answered here, please contact our Member Services team on (02) 9834 3022 or 1300 728 022. They’ll be happy to help.
Do I have to own a pedigree dog to become a member?
No. Many members of our Associate members own a crossbreed dog and enter in Agility & Obedience Trials.
You can also become an Associate member which entitles you to Dogs NSW magazine every month.
Do I need to microchip my puppies before I can register them?
The ANKC has moved to make microchipping compulsory for all registered pedigree dogs across Australia.
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Microchipping must be done before registration of a puppy. This was enforced in all states and territories on 1st January 2012.
Dogs NSW has prepared a handout for breeders to present to the new owners to explain why when they pick up their puppy, at 8 weeks of age or more, that you may not be able to provide them with their puppy’s Certificate of Registration & Pedigree at the time when they take their home due to the mandatory requirement that all puppies are required to be microchipped prior to registration.
Do I need to transfer my dog into my name?
Yes, even if you do not plan to breed, show or trial your dog, it is a good idea to transfer your dog into your name. It is also recommended in the case your dog is lost, a search on our database using the microchip number will show you as the owner of the dog making it possible to return your dog to you. This is also a good reason to notify our office when you move.
Transferring the dog now also shows that you are the legal owner of the dog. Should you ever decide to breed or enter shows and require the registration certificate, the process will be much easier if you are already recorded as the owner on our system. Also, in the event you may lose your registration certificate you do not need to contact the breeder to apply for a duplicate certificate on your behalf.
To transfer your dog, you must have the original pedigree certificate supplied by the breeder and the breeders signature must be present on the reverse side. Fill in your own details sign and send in with required fee for transfer to Dogs NSW, PO Box 632, St Marys, NSW 1790 and we will transfer the dog into your name and send you a new pedigree certificate with your name as the owner.
You do not need to be a member to transfer your dog. If you do plan to breed, show or trial your dog you will need to become a member. The cost for transfer fees for members and non-members is available in our Scales & Charges.
How do I become a member?
How do I become a registered breeder?
To become a DOGS NSW Registered Breeder, here's what to do:
1. Become a financial member of DOGS NSW.
2. Become the registered owner of a purebred dog/s with your name on the Certificate of Registration & Pedigree (Main Register) of the intended Dam (Mother) of the bitch that you wish to mate.
3. Ensure that the Sire (Father) that you have chosen to mate to your bitch is owned either by a financial member of DOGS NSW or an interstate Controlling Body.
4. Apply for a Breeder Prefix which will identify all dogs bred by you and becomes the first word of the names of all puppies to be registered. For example, Prefix ‘LOGIC’ name ‘GOLD NUGGET’ the full registered name of the puppy would be ‘LOGIC GOLD NUGGET’. Indicate your 10 choices on the Prefix Application form.
If you only include 2 or 3, and those rejected by the ANKC National Prefix Register, then you will be required to submit another form.
5. Take an open book examination: once your Breeders Prefix application and fee are received by DOGS NSW office, the open book examination will be posted to you for completion. The open book examination covers information from reading material which will also be supplied to you with the examination paper.
When you join DOGS NSW you sign to agree by the Articles of Association and the Regulations. This includes Part I: The Register & Registration and Part XIII: Code of Ethics. Make yourself familiar with both of these Regulations.
6. Whilst you are studying this material and completing the examination, your Breeders Prefix application will be sent to the ANKC National Prefix Register for approval. This application may take up to 6–8 weeks so lodge your application in plenty of time before the puppies are born.
Registration Certificates for your puppies will not be issued until your Breeder’s Prefix is approved and you have attained a Pass (90%) in the open book examination.
- Dogs and How to Breed them – Hilary Harmar (ISBN 07071 0010 0, published by John Gifford)
- The Encyclopaedia of Dog Breeds – Juliet Cunliffe (ISBN 0 75254 156 0, published by Parragon)
- Animal Welfare Code of Practice – Breeding Dogs & Cats
- Companions Animals Act
How do I enter a show?
- Purchase a purebred puppy of the breed of your choice (which is recognised by the ANKC), from a reputable DOGS NSW registered breeder.
- It is the breeder’s responsibility to sign the transfer section on the reverse side of the Transfer application papers to allow the new owner to transfer the pup into their name.
- Ensure that the breeder feels the puppy is of potential show quality and is registered on the Main Register (Blue Certificate) with DNSW.
- When you pick up your pup ensure the pedigree papers go with you.
- If the puppy is not already in your name you will need to transfer both DNSW and microchip registration into your name as soon as possible.
- Always ensure you attend a show prior to exhibiting a puppy in your first show.
Read more about preparing for a dog show and what to expect on the day.
How do I get in contact with breeders?
Once you have decided on a breed, visit our Breeders Directory where you will find an alphabetical listing to lead you to details and contact numbers of registered breeders.
Alternatively, call the breed club of your chosen breed for information and breeders details.
Dogs NSW staff can also help - just call (02) 9834 3022.
How do I know what breed is best for me?
It is very important to choose the right breed for you. Cute little puppies often grow bigger than expected or become too active and may not be a suitable pet for some people.
When choosing a breed you need to consider what type of house and property you have (e.g. if you have a small yard or live on property). It is also vital to ensure that your yard is secure. You also need to consider the energy level of the breed and it’s grooming requirements. As a rule you should try to match the dog’s energy level with your own. Some dogs have to get a lot of exercise whilst others are content to sit with you. Depending on a breed’s coat type, regular washing and grooming may be required. Remember that the larger a dog, the more it needs to eat. Therefore, the cost of feeding your dog may be a factor you need to consider.
Attend a few dog shows, look at the breeds and talk to the breeders about their needs, habits and temperament.
More information about choosing a puppy.
How do I know when to renew my membership?
A renewal notice will be automatically emailed to you if you have an email address recorded on file, otherwise one will be posted advising how much to pay and when it is due to be paid. You can either renew your membership using our online services or sign and return the renewal notice received and either email, post or fax it to the DNSW office with credit card details, a cheque or money order.
How do I register a litter?
The Dam of the litter (the mother) must be a registered purebred dog with registration papers showing you as the current registered owner. She must also be registered on the DNSW’s Main Register.
The Sire of the litter (the father) must also be a purebred dog registered on the Main Register. It could be your dog and therefore registered in your name or you may have used a sire from another financial member of DNSW.
Become a financial member of DNSW with a financial Breeders Prefix.
Once all is in order, complete a Litter Registration application form. The form explains what the fees are for each puppy (depending on what register you choose to register each puppy on.)
Aussie Bulldog, Labradoodle, Spoodle, Schnoodle, Cavoodle, and Moodle:
Breed contacts for the above breeds are not available from the Dogs NSW as they are mixtures of breeds and are therefore not recognised as purebreeds.
Dogs NSW can however provide details of reputable breeders of purebred dogs. For breeders' details go to the Breeders Directory.
What is a Breeders Prefix or Kennel Name?
A Breeders Prefix is much like a business name. The first word in every dogs registered name is the prefix that belongs to its breeder. This means that it is easy to recognise which dogs have been breed by which member. The application fee for a breeders prefix is $121 (inc GST) and renewal each year is $33.00 (inc GST).
Download a prefix application form.
What is the Limited Register?
Dogs on the Limited Register are considered by their breeder to not be quite up to the standard that is required for showing or breeding. Quite often dogs sold as ‘pets’ will be registered on the Limited Register. It is possible to upgrade a dog from the Limited Register to the Main Register with the breeder's consent (by way of signature) for a nominal cost as long as the application is made before the dog turns 3 years of age.
Transfer a dog from the Limited Register to the Main Register.
Transfer a dog from the Main Register to the Limited Register.
When is the Royal Easter Show being held?
For information about the Royal Easter Show and other activities and events, click here.
When is the next dog show?
For information about upcoming shows and events, have a look at the shows and trials calendar.
Why should I choose a purebred dog?
Responsible breeders can tell you that the purebred dog is far more predictable as to its temperament, behaviour, appearance, size and even colour than a crossbred dog.
Purebred dogs are the result of many years of selective breeding. All breeds were developed for a specific purpose and documentation is available on their history and heritage.