Wednesday, January 11, 2006

What are CKC registration papers and why are they important?

What are CKC registration papers and why are they important?

To be considered a purebred, both parents of the puppy must be registered with the Canadian Kennel Club. The dam (mother) must be registered with the Club in the name of the person signing the application for registration as owner or lessee at the time of the birth of the litter. Only the recorded owner or lessee of the dam at the time of birth of the litter may apply for registration of the litter and only the recorded owner or lessee of the dam at the time of birth will be considered the recorded owner at birth of the litter.

It is CANADIAN LAW as stated in the ANIMAL PEDIGREE ACT that no dog may be sold in Canada as purebred without the animal being registered with the Canadian Kennel Club (C.K.C.)

CANADIAN KENNEL CLUB registration papers are your certification that your new puppy is a recognized Purebred Dog.

If someone offers to sell you a purebred puppy with no CKC registration papers for a cheaper price THIS IS NO BARGAIN and you should understand why.

In accordance with the By-laws, Dogs must never be sold on a "with or without papers" basis. The breeder is responsible for the submission of and payment for all registration applications. Such costs may be included in the price of the dog but under no circumstances shall the buyer be asked to submit or pay for any applications to register or transfer the ownership of a dog.

The CKC charges a very small amount to register a litter then an additional small amount to register the individual puppy. They do not charge hundreds of dollars!!! It is also illegal to sell an unregistered dog as a purebred so ask why would a seller choose to offer a purebred puppy without registration papers at a few hundred dollars off if the dog really is a recognised purebred dog?

If you make this purchase you more then likely have bought from a person who does not mind selling you a dog under false pretext. Perhaps they have been suspended or disbarred from the Canadian Kennel Club or have bred from a dog purchased on a CKC Non-Breeding Agreement? A Non-Breeding Agreement is a legal document, which formalizes an arrangement between a dog breeder and the purchaser, denying the right to breed a dog without the breeder's consent.

If the sell is willing to break this legally binding contract what other illegal or dishonourable acts are they capable of? What else might they have not been straight forward with YOU about? Did they really do genetic health checks on the parents? Did they really protect the dog from being mated by the mixed breed male down the street? Did they really get an OK from the Vet on the puppies health check?

These types of sellers are only concerned with making money. Rarely do such persons do genetic health checks on the parents so they have no idea what genetic time bomb may be waiting to pop up with no consideration for all the associated vet bills and emotional pain you might later encounter. After all they now have your money and won't be there for you in the future if or when a serious problem arises.
When deciding to purchase a purebred dog it is generally because you have done some research and found that you like the look, size, coat type, energy level, temperament and purpose of the breed. It is well worth the price of a registered purebred from a reputable breeder to ensure you get what you want, after all you will not only be responsible to this animal for next 10 to 15 years but it will live in your home and play with your children.
Do you really want to bring home a ticking time bomb!

$1000. to $1500. does sound like a lot of money for a pet but spread over the life of the animal and the joy and comfort they provide it comes to less then $100.00 per year.

If the price difference between the registered dog and the unregistered dog is really that great of a factor please consider waiting awhile until you have saved up a little more.

Other options could include:
Searcing for a breeders retired dog or returned youngster.
Contacting the desired breed's national rescue group.
Purchasing an unwanted mixed breed dog from a shelter or pound.


  1. Anonymous7:40 p.m.

    By The Way,,,
    CKC Charges Unreasonanble Prices for registering dogs. It starts small, but if the name is remotly similar to another dog it is sent back, then your charged with late fee's! To do an average litter of say 6 pups, takes 4 hours.. plus postage, microchip, and CKC fee's it adds up to an additonal 500.00 per pup. Hence why some people would rather pay 500.00 for a purebred- tight family incomes..ect. rather than 1000.00 for the same pup. I really think bylaws need to be changed. if people want to pay for CKC Dogs then great, but percentage of people do not want to pay it.. ALWAYS ASK TO SEE THE PARENTS... that should be the rule. Puppy mills wont show you the parents! If you see the parents, a health gurantee is offered.. then sorry chances are the dog is purbred, but the cost of papers would end up where the breeder is in the red.
    I think this blog is a false idea to give people.. do you relize that these bylaws are so old, and are by the ckc.. the ckc is a big ass pain in my behind! its worhtless, and does not monitor the people. It kicks people out for having unregistered pets on the property. Thats a little harsh.. personal opinion. I personally who choose my unregistered purebred over my CKC purebred based on their personality.

  2. Anonymous8:59 p.m.

    sorry hun but your example doesn't add up.
    Registration of litter- min $20 for member to a max of $84 for a non-member registering late.

    For registering a individual puppy with CKC it is...
    member fee $16, non-member $34
    After 181 days (4)months, the max that is charged is $32 and $68.

    To transfer the puppy over to the new owner it is then $15 and $32 for non-members. After 181 days, the max that is charged is $30 to $64.
    Now if you make a mistake such as you discribed only the one (1) dogs registration is affected and returned for correction so it doesn't affect the other puppies registrations at all.

    If you have your own Kennel name any registration name that you pick that may be similar to others is not an issue.
    i.e Eden's Above N' Beyond, does not impact on Rosedawn's Above N' Beyond. Also considering registrations can now be done on-line any possible issues over registered names is addressed immediately in real time so no late charges.

    So with all the late fees and at max rates it would be a grand total of $84 for the litter registration then an additional $132 per puppy for their individual registration and transfer of ownership. This is certainly NOT the $500 per puppy you have stated.

    Now lates add in your micro-chipping at $12 per puppy and postage well OK perhaps a total of $10 per litter. As for time well hun that is what breeding is all about don't believe it has ever taken me that long to register the puppies however I sure have spent that time and more feeding cleaning, playing and training with them per day.

    As far as your other comments
    well first you say the ckc doesn't monitor people then you falsely claim they kick people out for owning mixed breed dogs.

    Your comment that the ckc is a big ass pain in your behind leads me to believe that you were disciplined by CKC so now hold a personal grudge against them.

  3. Anonymous2:51 p.m.

    The CKC is fairly inexpensive to register with. Anonymous made a LOT of false statements I'm afraid. Shame on you.