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Companion Animal Breeder

A Companion Animal Breeder will provide animals based on the level of demand. However, they also need to ensure that animals are cared for and are kept in a good condition, with food, water, grooming and exercise. This may also extend to training of the animal at the early stage of its life.


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Employment Levels

There are currently around 16,400 people employed as Companion Animal Breeders across Australia. The Department of Employment, predicts that by 2018 this will have increased to roughly 17,100 people within the profession.

Employment by State

The majority of Companion Animal Breeders are located in Victoria. This is 13% higher than the national average. The lowest amount of Companion Animal Breeders are located in ACT with 2.3%.

Gender Split

This is a female dominated industry with 62.5% of Companion Animal Breeders being women and 37.5% male.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for Companion Animal Breeders is 35-44 years old, with 25.8%. However, there are still a number of people (6.8%) who get into this path young, from 15-19 years of age, and who remain in this career until later in life, 65+ (2.9%).

Hours Worked

Companion Animal Breeders work an average of 46.8 hours a week which is 5.7 hours more than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of workers employed in this profession have a Year 12 qualification (29.9%) or are at Diploma level (28%). 44.4% have a Certificate III or higher, whilst 55.5% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Companion Animal Breeder Duties & Tasks

  • Manage the level of animals against demand
  • Make sure the environment animals are living in is clean and tidy
  • Provide food and water to animals, making sure they have enough space to play
  • Monitor animals to make sure they are all in good health
  • Keep records up-to-date, to make sure all animals have had the correct vaccinations
  • Provide ongoing support to the animal breeder



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.