It is the Murray River Retriever Association’s policy on breeding that Breeders are to adhere to the relevant State Legislation and Codes of Practice applicable to the State in which they reside.
Advice to breeders
If you are considering breeding your MRCCR please contact the Registrar for advice on the proposed pairings, based on the information in the register. We can also provide practical advice from experienced breeders.
.The genetic pool is not large and in recent years there has been a lot of indiscriminate breeding and also out crosses with CCR’s, GSP's and IWS’s, then sold on as Murrays to unsuspecting new owners.
In a recent survey it was found that almost 80% of respondents could not trace the breeding back more than one generation, this then makes it critical that DNA testing be carried out to reduce the number of dog being bred with out crosses or unknowingly breeding with dogs that are too closely related.
It is strongly recommended that anyone wishing to breed should have the dogs DNA and health screened.
This testing is available through the Association at a discounted rate for testing and also avoiding the additional costs of a vet consultation.
BREEDERS ARE EXPECTED TO COMPLY WITH ETHICAL BREEDING STANDARDS AS SET OUT BY THE STATE IN WHICH THEY RESIDE. LINKS ARE PROVIDED TO THE APPLICABLE LEGISLATION, GUIDANCE AND CODES OF PRACTICE FOR EACH STATE AS WE LOCATE THEM DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF LEGISLATION BANNING BREEDING OF NON PUREBRED ANIMALS, THE ASSOCIATION EXPECTS ALL ASSOCIATION REGISTERED BREEDERS TO COMPLY WITH THEIR RELEVANT STATE LEGISLATION. FAILURE TO DO SO JEOPARDISES THE FUTURE OF THE MURRAY AND THE EFFORTS TO HAVE THE MURRAY ESTABLISHED AS A RECOGNISED BREED. THE ASSOCIATION WILL NOT TOLERATE MEMBERS WHO JEOPARDISE THE FUTURE OF THE MURRAY & WILL EXPEL ANY MEMBER DOING SO. THE ASSOCIATION RULES ARE EXPLICIT ON THE REQUIREMENTS OF BREEDERS AND THE INTERESTS OF THE DOG ARE PARAMOUNT.
DEPI has a Mandatory Code of Practice. The penalties for non-compliance can be quite steep. All dogs must have a microchip and when advertised the microchip number must be listed.
DEPI website http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/pets/registration-legislation-and-permits/domestic-animal-legislation-and-latest-news
The Law The Domestic Animal Act 1994 http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/pets/domestic-animal-businesses/breeding-and-rearing-businesses/regulations-for-dog-breeders
Animal Welfare Code of Practice – Breeding Dogs and Cats (the Code), recognised under Schedule 2 Animal trades and Codes of Practice of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (General) Regulation 2006, issued by Industry & Investment
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