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This section of our website is especially for those who have purchased a puppy or dog from our Breeder Members or Rescue Group Members. If you own a dog which was purchased from one of our members and they havent as yet contacted us and provided you with this exclusive free membership please go here and fill out the form and we will take it from there. 


If you would like to upgrade your membership to Responsible Pet Owner Membership which will provide you with greater benefits you can easily do this here 


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1 Membership
1.1 Applications for Membership.
1.1.1 Membership Categories
1.1.2 Membership Eligibility
1.1.3 Membership Criteria
1.1.4 Application Process
1.1.5 Applicant Pre-Membership Behaviour
1.2 Membership Quality Controls
1.2.1 Membership Standards
1.2.2 Quality Strategies
2 Complaints against MDBA Members
2.1 Complaints Criteria
2.2 Complaints Process
2.3 MDBA Standards Oversight Committee (SOC)
2.3.1 Committee Composition
2.3.2 Committee Role
2.3.3 Disciplinary Action
2.3.4 Appeals Process
3 Member Responsibilities
3.1 Breeder Members
3.1.1 Responsibilities
3.1.2 Canine Breeding Goals
3.1.3 Pet Shops
3.2 Rescue Members
3.2.1 Responsibilities
3.3 Responsible Pet Owner (RPO)
3.3.1 Responsibilities


1.1 Applications for Membership

1.1.1 Membership Categories

The MDBA has the following Member categories:

·         Breeder

·         Professional

·         Rescue

·         Responsible Pet Owner

·         Smart Dog Owner Member 

1.1.2 Membership Eligibility

People can become a MDBA Member only if they:

1.       Agree to abide by the MDBA Code of Conduct related to their membership category

2.       Have never been convicted of any animal cruelty charge

3.       Are not currently under investigation for animal cruelty offence

4.       Purchase a puppy or a dog from an MDBA Breeder member or an MDBA Rescue Group. This does not provide full membership status.

5.       Purchase and enrol in a MDBA course. This does not provide full MDBA Membership status.

1.1.3 Membership Criteria

The criteria for each MDBA membership categories are:

1.       Breeder Member

This membership category is for people who are involved in the activity of breeding purebred dogs from a recognised registry or working toward breed development

2.       Professional Member

This membership category is for people or organizations working in the pet industry delivering goods and/or services to dogs and their owners

3.       Rescue Member

This membership category is for people or organizations engaged in the activity of rescuing or re-homing dogs

4.       Responsible Pet Owner (RPO)

This membership category is for people who are pet owners.

5.       Smart Dog Owner

This membership category is for people who have purchased a puppy or dog from one of our breeder or rescue members.


1.1.4 Application Process Breeder, Rescue and Professional Members

Prior to acceptance as a MDBA Member, applicants are required to tender a statement which includes their:

1.       Goals

2.       Aspirations

3.       Dreams

4.       Problems faced

5.       Areas of weakness

6.       Areas of strength

7.       History

8.       Greatest achievements

9.       Greatest disappointments

10.   What they would like to get out of membership in the MDBA

Breeder applicants are also required to submit at least two puppy buyer references and must agree that the MDBA to make any enquiries or investigations deemed necessary to enable a fair and adequate evaluation of their application.

The MDBA will assess each membership application on its own merit taking into account the information provided by the applicant and any other information the MDBA deems relevant to the application. This assessment process can take up to 4 weeks for determination. The MDBA is not obligated to give any reason as to why an applicant has or has not been accepted. Responsible Pet Owner

Responsible Pet Owners must agree to the RPO Code of Conduct before their application is accepted. Smart Dog Owners

Smart Dog Owners are not required to agree to any Code of Conduct.

1.1.5 Applicant Pre-Membership Behaviour

The MDBA cannot police any activities or accusations of people prior to becoming MDBA members unless they are under investigation for or found guilty of any act of animal cruelty in which case they cannot become a MDBA Member.

1.2 Membership Quality Controls

1.2.1 Membership Standards

The MDBA sets and expects a high standard of excellence of our Members involved in dog related activities. A membership is activated on the assumption that the Member’s prime focus is what is best for their dogs. We consider all who have had their membership activated to be operating at that high standard until such time as is proven otherwise.

1.2.2 Quality Strategies

1.       We incorporate strategies to monitor, assess and police our member’s activities. We will work with our members wherever possible to resolve any issues before they become the subject of complaints.

2.       We provide free Smart Dog Owner club membership to all MDBA Breeder and Rescue Member puppy or dog buyers. This enables us to build relationships with them that mean we are their first port of call if something goes wrong in the relationship between them and our Breeder or Rescue Member.

3.       Our Members understand and accept that the MDBA will visit their properties informally and formally when required to allow us to determine if there are any potential or current breaches in animal husbandry and or welfare requirements.

4.       We will provide relevant educational courses tailored to canine related activities to ensure our members can increase their knowledge and maintain a high standard of care for their dogs.

2 Complaints against MDBA Members

2.1 Complaints Criteria

1.       The MDBA places a high importance on having a fair and just system for investigating complaints against our members. We will investigate formal complaints for any member who has breached the Code of Conduct applicable to their membership category.

We encourage anyone dissatisfied with the services provided by a member or if they believe a member has breached our Codes of Conduct, to fill in our complaint form here. If after reviewing the complaint we believe our member has breached a Code of Conduct, we will investigate the matter. The MDBA cannot become involved with any issues unless a formal complaint is lodged and supporting documentation is provided for any accusations..


2.       We will take action against any Member where our investigation proves the complaint to be true, which can include notifying authorities where there have been breaches of any Laws and/or Regulations.

3.       If any person makes a complaint that is vexatious and/or where the sole reason for lodging the complaint has been to jeopardise the good standing and reputation of the MDBA and/or its members, then the MDBA will dismiss the complaint immediately.

2.2 Complaints Process


  1. The MDBA will not deal with anonymous complaints, whether by telephone, email or in writing.
  2. The MDBA will not discuss complaint matters over the telephone. All enquires or discussion of complaints must be by email.
  3. The MDBA will not become involved in disputes in relation to any contractual matters whether written or verbal regarding the sale or transfer of dogs . These are determined by the agreements between parties and the MDBA has no authority to intervene in those matters. Disputes on contractual matters should be resolved through legal processes.
  4. Complaints must be submitted by the complainant who must be the owner of the dog. The MDBA will not accept complaints by a third party.       
  5. A Complainant must provide a signed statement with details of their name, contact details, proof of their identity, full details of the complaint and any supporting documentation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Any evidence must be emailed as an attachment.
  6. An acknowledgement receipt will be sent to Complainants within 5 working days of receipt of the complaint documents.
  7. The MDBA Member subject to the complaint will receive all documents relating to the complaint to enable them to prepare a defence.
  8. The complaint will be investigated and a report provided to the MDBA Board within 21 days at which stage the Board will decide what action is appropriate.
  9. The Member will receive written notification of the Board’s decision within 28 days of the receipt of the complaint notification. The Complainant will receive notification of the completion of the complaint process.

2.3 MDBA Standards Oversight Committee (SOC)

2.3.1 Committee Composition

The Committee comprises of MDBA Board members and others appointed by the Board as required.

2.3.2 Committee Role

The Committee’s role is to:

1.       Oversee the MDBA – Codes of Conduct.

2.       Approve any revisions, updates or new items in the Codes of Conduct.

3.       Approve any revisions, updates or new policies and procedures relating to existing Codes of Conduct.

4.       Hear, assess and make determinations relating to complaints against MDBA members and expediting disciplinary action if required.

5.       Hear, assess and make determinations relating to issues of non-compliance with MDBA Policies.

6.       Oversee the annual compliance process as managed by the Secretariat and provide a report of activities.

7.       The SOC may conduct or cause to be conducted all such inquiries and investigations as it considers appropriate in relation to:

a)       Any alleged misconduct or breach of the codes of conduct by a Member;

b)      Any matter or thing referred to the Board of Directors by a Member;

c)       Any other matter or thing as the Board of Directors may from time to time decide.

2.3.3 Disciplinary Action

Where the SODC decides to take disciplinary action, it may take the following forms:

1.       Require the Member to undertake education in specific areas

2.       A public or private censuring of the member with their membership suspended

3.       Termination of the member’s MDBA membership

4.       Should the member be suspended or have their membership terminated, the MDBA will notify the member of the Board’s decision by registered mail

5.       A Member has the right to appeal any Board decision by following the appeals process

2.3.4 Appeals Process.

1.       Any appeals will be assessed by an independent party, who was not involved in assessing the original complaint.  Appellants should be aware that every case is different so it is not possible to estimate how long the appeal process will take.

2.       Any appeal against a decision must be in writing in the form of a Statutory Declaration and must be received at our Head Office, MDBA Pty Ltd, P.O. Box 31 Ganmain, NSW 2702 Australia no later than 28 days after you have been notified of the decision.

3.       The appeal must be accompanied with evidence and documents to substantiate the grounds of the appeal.

4.       Upon receipt of appeal documents, any disciplinary action will be put 'on hold' pending the review of the appeals documents.

5.       The MDBA may at its discretion undertake further investigation.

6.       Appellants will be advised in writing of the outcome of their appeal within 14 working days of the determination. The decision is final and no further correspondence will be considered.

3 Member Responsibilities

3.1 Breeder Members

3.1.1 Responsibilities

1.       The MDBA acknowledges that within the wider dog world, there is a vast diversity in dog breeder competencies, ethics and values. It has become increasingly difficult for members of the public to differentiate between good ethical breeders and people deliberately breeding puppies for profit as their primary goal or priority. The MDBA provides a way for breeders to show the public they are held to the highest standard of excellence with a fair and just accountability process.

2.       MDBA Breeder Members will do the following:

a)       Provide pedigreed puppies which are predictable and consistent in their size, coat type, exercise needs, energy level, trainability, and their temperament can be predicted within a narrow range allowing people to purchase a puppy that meets their lifestyle and living conditions.

b)      Educate themselves about dogs, breed specific information, canine socialization and training.

c)       Plan each breeding decision to ensure positive outcomes for their puppies and the future generations of the breed.

d)      Ensure that before they place a puppy into a household they screen puppy buyers to increase the likelihood of a successful placement.

e)      Be prepared to support their puppy buyers for the life time of the dog where practicable including:

1.       Maintaining contact with their puppy buyers when requested

2.       Answer any questions from the puppy’s new owners about the puppy or the breed including training and behaviour and encouraging a thriving relationship between the dog and the family.

3.       Where practicable for dogs that they have bred and who are at risk of abandonment or surrender, they assist the dog’s owner to rehome the dog which may include having the dog returned to the breeder.

f)        Become knowledgeable on and adhere to all laws and codes pertinent to their locality

3.1.2        Canine Breeding Goals

MDBA Breeder Members are breed enthusiasts who have high standards of excellence often higher than other breeders.  Our voluntary membership, screening process and constant checks help reduce the risks for the puppy buyer in their search for a healthy canine family member.

1.       Our breeder members will always have what’s best for the dogs over and above any other goal.

2.       MDBA Breeder Members will improve, restore or develop our recognised breeds or breeds in development via a process of selection over successive generations This must always have priority over any secondary goals associated with the breeders anticipated results of any litter.

3.       No MDBA Breeder Member will compromise on health or the welfare of the dogs in their care or those which they are producing to attain any goal.

4.       Our breeders will:

1.       Breed for health, temperament and breed type;

2.       Screen their breeding stock for genetic abnormalities known to be an issue in their dogs;

3.       Become knowledgeable about their breed history and bloodlines;

4.       Provide appropriate health care and housing for adult dogs and puppies;

5.       Raise, train, and socialize puppies with dedication and care;

6.       Adhere to specific breed standards of excellence and for performance ability and

7.       Not where possible end the relationship with puppy buyers when the puppy goes to its new family.

3.1.3 Pet Shops

MDBA Breeders agree not to sell their puppies to pet shops for the following reasons:

1.       Regardless of how progressive and well run a pet store which sells live animals may be, prospective buyers cannot contact the breeder for support and they cannot be sure of the parent dog’s temperament or health in order to understand any potential problems or management issues.

2.       Consumers can purchase a puppy from pet shops as an impulse buy and the store motivations to sell the pup may not include whether the dog and the buyer will suit each other.

3.       Pet shop assistant’s may not be qualified to educate the buyer on the breed’s characteristics and the pet shop may not offer life time support to the puppy buyer.

4.       There is often no safety net in place for the puppy buyer for advice or support nor can the puppy be returned if things go wrong.

5.       Breeders who place their pups in pet shops and have chosen not to be involved in or take responsibility for the dogs they breed which is the opposite of our Breeder Members ethics.

3.2 Rescue Members

3.2.1 Responsibilities

MDBA Rescue Members will always place priority on the health and welfare of the animals they have in their care and will ensure they place all animals with regard to their welfare over all other secondary goals.

MDBA Rescue Members will:

1.       Educate themselves about dogs, about specific breeds, and about socialising and training.

2.       Plan each decision to ensure positive outcomes for the dogs and the families where the dogs are placed.

3.       Be prepared to support their rescue dogs buyers for the life time of the dog including:

a)       Keep in touch where practicable and possible with their rescue dogs buyers and being available to answer any questions about the dog including training and behaviour

b)      Taking back dogs that do not work out with their new families or helping to find a new home where practicable or possible

c)       Take adequate steps to prevent any situation which will lead to overcrowding of their rescue

d)      Become knowledgeable on and adhere to all laws and codes pertinent to their locality

e)      Be professional in their approach and have clear and concise policies and procedures in place.

3.3 Responsible Pet Owner (RPO)

3.3.1 Responsibilities

MDBA RPO’s will:

1.       Demonstrate effort and commitment to their dogs and to the community

2.       Learn about their pet's specific behavioural and management needs.

3.       Allocate their time and resources for proper training and make no compromises on the health and welfare of the pets in their care

4.       Ensure their dogs do not cause a problem to or lessen the quality of life for any person in the community by barking, destroying property, threatening or harming humans or other animals.

Rescue Members Code of Conduct


I agree to be aware of local, state and federal animal control laws and be responsible for obeying those laws which are pertinent to my location.


I will house animals in care and my own animals, under sanitary conditions which meet or exceed all minimum standards as defined by local health and sanitation authorities. All dogs in my care will be adequately housed in clean, comfortable and weatherproof accommodation with a minimum of 2 hours off lead and exercise with appropriate stimulation and companionship. All dogs in my care will be under control at all times, housing and exercise areas kept clean and all care taken to limit possible disturbance to neighbours. I will provide appropriate food, clean water, and shelter.


I will ensure that all animals and humans are safe from risk or injury and I will not accept more animals than I am able to adequately care for. I will ensure I have provisions for disaster and emergency management


I will make adequate provision to ensure that animals are free of parasitic infestations.


I will take adequate precautions with entire dogs in my care to ensure against unwanted pregnancies


I will temperament test each animal and exercise good judgment to assure its suitability for placement. I will not knowingly place a vicious or otherwise seriously temperamentally unsound animal in an adoptive home.


I will ensure rescue animals deemed un adoptable for reasons of health or temperament, will be humanely euthanased by a veterinarian or legally qualified person and properly disposed of.


I will thoroughly interview potential adopters using appropriate methods (e.g.. written application, phone interview, face-to-face interview references ) with the goal of placing all rescue animals in homes that are specifically breed / size appropriate to each individual animal.


I will educate potential adopters about issues regarding the adopted animal and its needs, i.e. temperament, health, training and care. I will provide education and support to those who adopt animals from me.


I will require sterilisation for all rescue animals prior to re homing. The only exception to this requirement is a veterinarian's written certification that sterilisation should not be performed due to advanced age or health problems or the animal is being returned to its breeder. I will keep a copy of said certificate on file. Where practicable a dog/puppy should be returned to a current breeder member of the MBDA, without prejudice and to any other ANKC breeder or breeder on alternative registry at the rescue discretion.


I will ensure all potential adopters that rent or lease their residence have landlord approval to own and house a dog on their premises.


I will require that adopters be at least 18 years of age.


I will provide periodic follow-up checks with the new owners to ease adjustment problems the dog may incur. I will endeavour to help the new owner in every reasonable way. All animals adopted must be living primarily in the domicile of the family, as a household pet and companion unless the animal is being specifically placed as a working dog.


In order to prevent their unlawful use, I will not release the original pedigree registration papers of any rescue animal to the adopter, even if the animal is sterilised unless these papers have been updated to show sterilisation status and owner change with the Canine Council Registry. In all other cases copies only will be provided. Releasing an animal to its breeder may be exempt from this if it complies with policies in place by the group.


I will pay agreed-upon fees to releasing agencies for rescue pets and agreed-upon expenses to private individuals who assist with the acquisition, transportation, or temporary care or treatment of rescue pets.


I will only accept surrendered animals with an intake form which will include the dog's name, age, sex, physical condition and description, health and veterinary history, and reason the animal was surrendered where possible. A brief summary of animal's habits is also needed if possible. I will ensure I receive all appropriate paper work if rescuing from a pound.


I will ensure Intake forms will be signed and dated by surrendering owner as well as myself and copies given to the surrendering owner.


I will make no animal available for adoption until an appropriate veterinary exam, appropriate vaccines as well as a temperament evaluation, is completed. Any known medical problems will be treated before release. I will only home puppies and adults, which, to the best of my knowledge and belief are in good health at the time of sale.


I will never with hold an animal's age, sex, or previously known habits, behavioural and medical history from potential adoptive homes.


I will keep appropriate records of each animal.


I will not adopt or provide animals for adoption for the purpose of breeding or sale. I will never knowingly sell any puppy/adult dog to laboratories, pet shops or dealers in dogs or to person's known to sell stock to any of the above.


I shall never allow any puppy to be homed before the age of 8 weeks. No puppy shall be sold without having had its first vaccination, regular-worming treatments and will provide documented evidence of such to the purchaser.


I will impress on the buyer that they should contact me in the event of any problem arising with the puppy or adult and that I will make every effort to be of assistance in these circumstances. In the case of a dog needing to be re-homed I will take full responsibility to assist as much as possible in achieving this end and will accept the return of that dog at any age if this is in any way possible.


I will allow representatives of the MDBA to inspect my property or my dogs if requested.


I will lead by example and advocate responsible dog ownership.


I will encourage exchange between members of knowledge, of technical practical and ethical matters and refrain from making disparaging remarks about other rescue workers or MDBA members.


I will uphold and sustain the integrity of the MDBA through impartiality and confidentiality. I will do nothing, which will bring the MDBA into disrepute

The MDBA’s aim is to enable breeders to use these registries as a tool to truly better breeds and not just to document ancestry.By the MDBA providing this service it allows purebred breeders to continue to improve the health and welfare of their breeds while providing them with the security of a reliable and reputable service to maintain their records.

We believe if we are to prevent dogs suffering and stop the current trend toward the over-regulating of dog breeders, which negatively impacts the future of our breeds and the rights of all dog owners, it is time to re-assess and challenge traditional stud book registry protocols in purebred dog breeding.

This re-assessment ensures we move into the future with only the very best and healthiest purebred canines. It ensures those who are using the MDBA registries have a greater choice in which dogs to use for breeding purposes and to have access to a much wider gene pool.

A dog can be classified as eligible for registration in one of 6 registries

  • General Stud Registry
  • Foundation Registry
  • Extension Registry
  • Intermediate Registry
  • Preservation Registry
  • Companion Registry 

1. General Stud Registry

The purpose of the General Stud registry is to accurately document and keep records of all MDBA recognised purebred breeds. It records health and temperament issues, good and bad, and any recognised awards the dogs have attained. Pure breed dogs with verifiable pedigrees that are born anywhere in the world are able to be accepted into this registry.

2. Foundation Registry.

The purpose of the Foundation Registry is for new breeds which are in an EARLY developmental stage and in which record keeping is vital to the history and development of the breed. Dogs from the Foundation registry cannot progress to the General Stud registry unless they are first approved for the Intermediate registry.

3. Intermediate Registry

The purpose of the Intermediate Registry is to provide a transitional registry as a breed advances on its journey toward breed recognition. This registry identifies dogs which meet the advanced development criteria for qualification into the final phase before acceptance of the breed as a pure breed and entry into the General Stud book. The registry is also used as a step towards admission to the General Stud Registry for dogs moving from the Preservation Registry.  

4. Extension Registry  

The purpose of the Extension Registry is to provide the ability for a dog identified as a purebred but does not have pedigree evidence to be registered as an extension dog. This ensures that only dogs which have suitable pedigree evidence [via MDBA criteria] are able to have entry into the general stud book of an established purebred dog breed. No dog nor its progeny is able to gain entry to the General Stud registry without approval using the MDBA criteria.

5. Preservation Registry

The purpose of the Preservation Registry is to document and keep records of dogs which are included in a preservation breeding program. A preservation breeding programme is a planned cross mating to achieve an approved goal. No dog can progress to General Stud registry without first being approved for inclusion into the Intermediate Registry.

6. The Companion Registry

The purpose of the Companion Register is for dogs which do not qualify for registration as a purebred to participate in all MDBA events with the exception of breed assessment programs.

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