Standards and Guidelines for the Health and Welfare of Dogs in WA

Page last updated: Friday, 15 March 2019 - 3:42pm

The Western Australian Government recognises the value of animal welfare to the community and strives to ensure that all animals receive appropriate standards of care. As companions and working animals, dogs have an important place in the lives of many Western Australians.

Draft Standards and Guidelines for the Health and Welfare of Dogs in WA (WA Dog Standards and Guidelines) are being developed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, in consultation with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Western Australia (RSPCA) and other experts in dog care and welfare.

The document sets out the minimum standards that owners and people in charge of dogs must follow to ensure the health and welfare of dogs kept in WA. It also provides guidelines and additional information to promote the health and welfare of dogs. The recommendations are based on current scientific knowledge and generally reflect recommended industry practice and community expectations, as appropriate. 

The development of dog standards supports the Government’s Stop Puppy Farming initiative, which includes the introduction of Mandatory Standards for Dog Breeding, Housing, Husbandry, Transport and Sale. More information on the Stop Puppy Farming project can be found on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website.

Following consultation, regulations on dog health and welfare may be drafted and adopted under the Animal Welfare Act 2002. Before drafting regulations, the Department invites Western Australians to comment on the draft Dog Standards and Guidelines

Having your say

The Department will commence public consultation within the next few months. If you would like to register your interest in the WA Dog Standards and Guidelines, please email the department at

Further information on reporting animal cruelty is available.


Rick Bryant