Creating an Australian Stud Book

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This section reveals how our dog world grew without any identification system or Stud Book in place to define or record details of our Australian pure breed dogs. Consequently, unlike the British who we attempting to emulate, we did not have any framework which would clearly separate 'a good dog from a useless cur'[1]. Consequently for 145 years, the breed and parentage of our pure breed dogs was mainly guesswork. This charts the journey to put our Australian dog world onto the world stage.

Reference and Further Reading

[1] "Hobart Mercury" 13th November 1862 reporting the Canine Exhibition of 1862 held at Mr Moore's Horse Bazaar in Liverpool Street Hobart Town, Tasmania

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Australia's Dog Show Scene Begins

This describes how our pure breed dog world grew without an Australian Stud Book or co-ordinating body. This followed the practice of our Governments at that time. As a result, our dog world developed as separate entities in each State. This explains the consequences of the lack of autonomy between the States which affected our registration systems or Stud Books ... »» Read more...

Mug from Canine Museum

Quest for an Australian Stud Book

In 1862 when Australia's first dog show was held, every entry had the dog's pedigree information containing the owner, breed, parentage (if known), sex and dog's age. Dog enthusiasts could have never predicted how our modern dog world would develop. Today registrations, pedigree information and other data like breed characteristics defines our pure breed dogs. This is an outline of ... »» Read more...

Ag Soc Medal

Agricultural Societies, Prefixes and the ANKC

Moving into the 1900's throughout Australia, compulsory memberships of the various State controlling bodies became entrenched into registration systems. While this solved our problems of unscrupulous dog traders, with no Stud Book in place, there was still a need for structure. This page outlines how Australia's State's bodies called upon our the Agricultural Societies and our Sheepdog Trialling fraternity to ... »» Read more...

Victorian Coat of Arms of Victoria

History of Dogs Victoria

The Victorian Canine Association Inc. which now trades as Dogs Victoria, began in 1990. In Australia, we have now have independently governed controlling bodies in each State and Territory which looks after domestic matters. Meanwhile, our Federal body, the ANKC handles Australia's Stud Book Registrations, Breed Standards and co-ordinates rules relating to national matters. This is Victoria's journey. »» Read more...

Australian coat of arms

Australia's 145 years of Dog Registration

Having dealt with Victoria, this is the other Australian State and Territory's separate journeys. Today, each State and Territory deals with Government Laws which relate to dog ownership. Domestically it arranges Dog Shows and the other disciplines. However, processes governing Registrations and Breed Standards are in the hands of the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) which also co-ordinates the Stud ... »» Read more...


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