Puppy Prices

We have received a number of questions about the increase in price for puppies since early this year.  There are a number of reasons for the price increase for puppies in Australia.  We hope the following information will help explain the price increase.

New Victorian Legislation

You may have heard about the new Victorian legislation that was first introduced in April 2020. 

The legislation introduces a range of amendments to the Domestic Animals Act 1994 (Act). These amendments deliver on the Andrews government’s election commitment to reform the dog breeding and pet shop industries in Victoria and better regulate the sale of dogs and cats.

The legislation amends the Act to:

  • limit the number of fertile female dogs breeders can keep
  • define ‘recreational breeders’ and ‘microbreeders’ restrict pet shops to selling dogs and cats sourced from shelters, pounds or enrolled foster carers*
  • clarify the role of foster carers
  • confirm the definition of ‘farm working dogs’
  • introduce the animal sale permit system
  • improve traceability of cats and dogs through the establishment of the Pet Exchange Register**
  • strengthen pet advertisement offences.

Although this legislation did not come into effect until April 2020, the affects on breeders began years earlier as the legislation was being amended and eventually finalised. 

Breeders who wish to keep more than 10 fertile female dogs must receive the approval from the Victorian Agricultural Minister.  This process is very lengthy and the requirements for the breeder in much more strict.   Most breeders are unable to meet these strict requirements and have chosen not to apply for Minister approval, however, Chevromist Kennels is now a Registered Victorian Minister Approved Breeder. 

The process and requirements for Minister Approval are extremely strict and far more extensive than any other type of registered breeder.   Overall, this means the very best standards in respect to Animal Welfare and the very best in Consumer Protections, but it does come at a significant financial cost.

The new legislation has had an affect on our overall operational costs including dog food, bedding, medications, labour and veterinary costs etc.

Covid 19

New Victorian Legislation has thankfully led to the closure of most sub-standard breeding practices (also known as ‘puppy farms’).   The legislation has also led to less puppies being available at a time when the demand for a puppy due to the lock down laws is very high.  The price of puppies has increased right across the board.  Backyard breeders, puppy farms and registered breeders have all increased the price of their puppies.  Unfortunately we’ve become aware of a number of cases where we’ve seen our puppies being re-sold privately by the new owner for a quick profit.  The health and well being of each of our puppies is very important to us and our dedicated team who help raise each of our puppies. It’s extremely distressing for us to know that one of our pups has been sold on and not knowing where it has gone.  To ensure this type of thing does not continue, our prices must be in line with the general market. 

Covid 19 has also had an affect on our overall operational costs including dog food, bedding, medications, labour and veterinary costs etc.

Optimal Breeding Practices

We practice Optimal Breeding Practices ensuring that each puppy  is temperamentally, physically, and genetically sound and, therefore  more likely to become a better fit with your  lifestyle.  

Registered Breeders

We  are registered breeders that operate under the mandatory Code of Practice set out by the Victorian State Government and are a fully licenced Domestic Animal Business. Our Domestic Animal Business Licence Number and our Source Number can be found at the bottom of this page.  Learn more about the different types of Dog Breeders Registered in Australia

Victorian Minister Approved Breeders

We are extremely excited and proud to announce that our kennels are now approved by the Victorian Agricultural Minister. In order to receive approval from the Victorian Minister we had to undergo a very lengthy process including a 6 hour audit conducted by 4 Victorian Animal Welfare Officers and the Chief Veterinary Officer of Victoria before the Agricultural Minister of Victoria considers granting approval. This process is necessary to ensure that Victorian Minister Approved Kennels are operating at the very highest of Animal Welfare standards.  Learn more about the different types of Dog Breeders Registered in Australia

Optimal Puppy Husbandry

You can rest assured that our puppies are raised using the best possible puppy husbandry practices.  Daily socialisation and enrichment in a hygienic, safe environment with a caring and experienced team.   Our adult dogs and puppies are fed only the very best.  We use and recommend Pro Plan|Super Premium Pet Food  

Genetic Testing

Our Comprehensive DNA Disease Testing includes testing for over 30 different genetic diseases that affect dogs. For our puppies to be given an assurance that they will not be affected by any of these diseases, the father of the litter must return a clear result for all 30 genetic diseases we test for . This is the best assurance that their puppies will not be affected.

We Understand Genetics

We believe that it’s absolutely vital that breeders are experienced and educated in animal genetics to ensure they have the expertise to carefully study and understand their dogs genetics.  Michael from Chevromist Kennels is always our first point of contact before we plan a litter of puppies.  Michael has been involved with breeding dogs for over 30 years.  Along with that hands on experience, he completed his degree in Animal Science with a focus on Genetics, then went on to complete his Honours work in immunology through Melbourne University’s Dept of Medicine and the CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory.  We are extremely fortunate to have Michael as an integral part of our team.

Physically Sound and Behaviourally Predictable

Our breeding program is well established with over 30 years of experience.  Using genetic testing and carefully selecting breeding dogs to enter our breeding program, we select dogs to achieve our goal to produce puppies that are physically and temperamentally sound.   

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