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How to become a Breeder of Registered Pure Bred Dogs

To become a Dogs West Registered Breeder, here’s what to do:

1.  Become the registered owner of a Dogs Australia Main or Limited Register animal, so your name appears as the owner on the Certificate of Registration & Pedigree.

2.  Become a financial member of Dogs West and hold a minimum period of 12 months continuous membership. As a Registered Breeder you will need to hold an Ordinary Single (One person) or Ordinary    Double (Two people) membership.

Member Application Form

 3.  If you have not already done so, become the registered owner of a Dogs Australia Main Register bitch. Ensure that the sire that you have chosen to mate your bitch to is owned by you or another financial member and is on the Main Register.

4.  After the completion of the minimum 12 months membership, submit a Prefix Application Form and the Breeders Education Exam.


Once you have passed the Breeders Education Exam your prefix names will be sent to the ANKC Ltd National Prefix Register for approval. You must hold an approved and financial prefix at the date of mating, whelping and registration.


A prefix will identify all dogs bred by you and becomes the first word of the names of all puppies to be registered. Indicate your 8 choices on the Prefix Application form. If you only include 2 or 3 choices, and those are rejected by the ANKC Ltd National Prefix Register, you will have 2 more oppertunities to submit name choices. Each submission can take 2 to 4 weeks.


The Breeders Education Exam consists of two parts, Section A and B, as well as a mock Litter Registration Form. Section A requires a pass mark of 100%. The overall pass mark for this exam is 90%. If you receive a fail, you can reattempt the exam at any time.


The required reading for the completion of the exam is ANKC Ltd Regulations Part 6, ANKC Ltd Guidelines for Breeders, CAWA Regulations Section H and CAWA Regulations Section R.

Further recommended reading includes; Canine Reproduction and Whelping: A Dog Breeder's Guide Paperback – January 1, 2006 by Myra Savant-Harris, Puppy Intensive Care: A Breeder's Guide to Care of Newborn Puppies Paperback – December 5, 2005 by Myra Savant-Harris and Canine Reproduction: The Breeder's Guide 2nd Edition by Phyllis A. Holst.




Plan carefully, it might take some time for you to pass the exam and it may also take some time for your prefix to be approved once you have achieved a pass in the exam. Allow one calendar month per exam submission and each re-submission as well as a further 15 to 20 business days for your prefix approval. Under no circumstances are you authorised to breed a litter prior to registration of your Prefix.


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Note: All Dogs West members agree to be bound by

- The Rules and Regulations of ANKC Ltd

- The Constitution, Rules & Regulations of the Association

- The Code Of Ethics of the Association

All identified breaches of the Regulations are reported to the Protests & Disputes Panel for investigation and appropriate action.

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