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RSPCA Policy A06 Breeding of companion animals

Article ID: 594
Last updated: 26 Jun, 2014
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 6.1 RSPCA Australia is opposed to uncontrolled breeding of companion animals because this inevitably leads to the euthanasia of healthy animals.
 6.2 Where companion animals are bred, RSPCA Australia believes that breeding must be planned to match the likely demand and undertaken responsibly to ensure suitable homes will be available for each animal, the conditions must meet the animals’ behavioural, social and physiological needs and adequately prepare the animal for life as a companion animal.


RSPCA Australia is opposed to the breeding of companion animals under inadequate conditions that fail to meet their behavioural, social and/or physiological needs (such as where dogs or cats are intensively bred in puppy or kitten farms/factories).


Breeder registration, standards and traceability
 6.4.1 RSPCA Australia advocates a compulsory legislated registration and licensing system and mandatory standards for the conduct of dog and cat breeding, without exemption.
 6.4.2 RSPCA Australia supports mandatory breeder traceability for cats and dogs where each animal is identified and traceable to the breeder via their microchip and the breeder’s contact details are recorded on a recognised microchip register prior to sale or transfer.
 6.4.3 RSPCA Australia supports mandatory display of breeder registration/licence numbers at the point of sale and in all advertisements.


Selective breeding

RSPCA Australia is opposed to the selective breeding of companion animals which produces physical changes such as exaggerated features or behavioural changes detrimental to the animals’ health or welfare.



RSPCA Australia is opposed to the inbreeding of companion animals including first degree (e.g. father to daughter) and second degree (e.g. grandfather to granddaughter) matings as this increases the incidence of inherited disorders and compromises immune system function which adversely impacts upon the health and welfare of companion animals.

 6.7 Wild-domestic hybrids
 6.7.1 RSPCA Australia opposes the hybridisation of wild species with domesticated animals for the purposes of creating new breeds of companion animals. The creation of wild-domestic hybrids is unnecessary, given the range of domesticated breeds and types already in existence, and there can be significant problems in the care and management of such animals.
 6.7.2 RSPCA Australia believes that government import requirements must be drafted to prevent wild-domestic hybrids from entering Australia. The importation of semen and other reproductive materials from wild species should only be permitted for bona fide agricultural or zoological purposes.

(reviewed 26/06/14)

See also:
A2 Acquiring a companion animal
A7.3 Identification
Position paper A5 Responsible companion animal breeding
End Puppy Farming - The Way Forward
Legislating to End Puppy Farming - The Way Forward
RSPCA Smart Puppy and Dog Buyer’s Online Guide
RSPCA Smart Cat and Kitten Buyer’s Guide

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Attached files
file PP A5 Responsible companion animal breeding.pdf (112 kb)
file End Puppy Farming - the Way Forward - RSPCA Discussion Papaer Nov 2010.pdf (176 kb)
file Smart Puppy Buyers Guide July 2016.pdf (512 kb)
file Smart Kitten Cat Buyers Guide July 2013.pdf (1.14 mb)

Also read
document What is a 'registered breeder'?
document What is the RSPCA's position on working with Rescue Groups?

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