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Puppies for Christmas credit Dora ZettChristmas is a wonderful time to welcome a puppy into the family!

Dog ownership is extremely rewarding and offers many health benefits, especially for children.

In this jolly season of giving, Dogs NSW, the peak body for all purebred dogs in New South Wales, reminds shoppers that pets are a lifelong responsibility – not just for the holidays!

“Buying a puppy for Christmas should never been an impulse decision. Getting a puppy requires careful thought and planning,” says Lynette Brown, President of Dogs NSW.

Nearly 22,000 dog lovers attended Dogs NSW’s member meeting (live-streamed online) on Monday evening, December 18, to address serious concerns over the proposed new anti-puppy farm legislation threatening the future of ethical dog breeding and ownership.

IMG 0751 webDogs NSW, the peak body for all purebred dogs in New South Wales, is rejecting the proposed ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Breeding Dogs and Cats) Standards 2017’ under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulation 2012 - its position supported by thousands of dog lovers from across the country.

“Dogs NSW is concerned the regulations treat all dog (and cat) breeders as commercial entities, breeding for profit,” said Brian Crump, spokesperson for Dogs NSW. “Smaller, purebred hobby breeders will be unable to meet the exhaustive ‘commercial’ requirements proposed in the new Standards. Consequently, the public will have nowhere else to buy a health-tested, purebred puppy. No-one else will be breeding except the big puppy farms*!” 

The regulations also threaten pedigree dog breeders who health test and already follow a stringent code of practice for many years, he added.

Dogs NSW is a globally-recognised peak body that promotes breeding, showing, trialling, obedience and other canine-related activities, and the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs - registered with the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) in NSW.

“Dogs NSW is overwhelmed by the support of thousands of dog lovers who attended the meeting online and in person (on December 18), vehemently rejecting the proposed regulations that would apply commercial breeding standards to Dogs NSW members,” said Mr Crump.

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“Dogs NSW breeders breed purebred dogs that are fit for purpose and bred in the home for people of all walks of life, including those who have special needs,” said Mr Crump.

Dogs NSW members include breeders who supply puppies to organisations like NSW Police, Assistance Dogs Australia and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, as well as breed ‘Pets as Therapy’ dogs and working dogs for the farming/agriculture industry.

Dogs NSW has also established a Compliance Unit to monitor and deal with members who are not complying with the code of ethics, explained Mr Crump.

“Dogs NSW urges members and all dog lovers to contact their local member of Parliament and raise their concerns about the profound impact these Standards will have on the future of purebred dogs in NSW,” he said.

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Breeding dogs and cats) Standards 2017 Draft document is available for viewing:

* Puppy farms are defined by the RSPCA as ‘intensive dog breeding facilities that are operated under inadequate conditions that fail to meet the dogs' behavioural, social and/or physiological needs'.

Available for interview:
• Brian Crump, Chairman - Dogs NSW Media & Government Legislation Committee
• Lynette Brown, President - Dogs NSW
• Dr Karen Hedberg, Chairman - Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) Canine Health and Wellbeing Committee
• Dr Rob Zammit, Veterinarian and Dogs NSW member

About Dogs NSW
Dogs NSW is the peak body in New South Wales responsible for promoting breeding, showing, trialling, obedience, and other canine-related activities and the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs across NSW. The association promotes responsible dog breeding, showing, obedience, agility, working and sporting dog trials and other canine-related activities, as well as the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs by individuals in NSW. Dogs NSW has over 10,000 members, with over 300 affiliated breed and kennel clubs throughout NSW. More than 50 of these affiliated clubs conduct dog training classes as a community service in local government areas, normally on a weekly basis. Dogs NSW is a member body of the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC).

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Dr Hedberg is spokesperson for Dogs NSW, the peak body in New South Wales responsible for promoting breeding, showing, trialling, obedience and other canine-related activities, and the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs across the state. She is also a Dogs NSW registered breeder and chair of the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) Canine Health and Wellbeing Committee.

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