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Working dogs

What is a working dog?

The Companion Animals Act 1998 defines a working dog as a dog used primarily for the purpose of droving, tending, working or protecting stock, and includes a dog being trained as a working dog.

The Companion Animals Act 1998 does not specify a working dog to be of a particular breed.

Does my working dog have to be microchipped and registered?

If your working dog is ordinarily kept in the Western Division of NSW that does not fall within a local government area or on land rated as farmland, it does not have to be microchipped or registered. However, you should consider having your working dog microchipped and registered for its protection. You will not have to pay to register your working dog.

All other working dogs have to be microchipped and registered, however, no fee is payable to register a working dog.

A working dog that has been declared as a nuisance dog, a restricted dog or a declared dangerous or menacing dog, must be microchipped and registered with your local council.

In addition, any dog, including a working dog, that is taken into the custody of a council pound must be microchipped and registered before being returned to its owner. Where the dog is a working dog, there is no fee payable for registration.

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