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Frequently Asked Questions

Applications and Processing

  • Question:

    What is an acceptable color to list for my dog?

  • Answer:

    In general, Continental Kennel Club allows for a wide variety of color selections. Therefore, you can list your dog’s color as it appears.   Most breeds have specific colors that are widely seen within the breed.  Breed descriptions with breed specific color information can be found in our breeds section.

  • Question:

    What are common reasons a dog's registration may be pended/rejected?

  • Answer:

    A dog’s registration may be held up or “pended” for several reasons. Generally it is because something was left incomplete on the application that is required, such as color, sex, breeder/new owner signature, etc. A dog may be rejected when registration is applied for through our PAW Program if he/she is found to be not ‘of proper breed type’ upon completion of our evaluation.

  • Question:

    Can I submit a CKC Registration Application by fax?

  • Answer:

    Yes, CKC does accept Pre-printed Puppy Applications and Canine Applications submitted by fax. We do recommend that you call the CKC Customer Support Center approximately ten (10) minutes after sending the fax transmission, in order for a representative to verify receipt of your fax.  The CKC fax number is (tollfree) 1-888-470-7813.

    Please note: PAW Applications must be submitted by mail

  • Question:

    What type of paperwork should I receive upon purchasing a puppy?

  • Answer:

    If a puppy is advertised as CKC-registered, or CKC-registerable, the breeder must provide you with a CKC Pre-Printed Puppy Application at the time of sale. This application will include an application number in which you may enter online to register the puppy. The Pre-Printed Puppy Application may also be submitted via fax or mail.

  • Question:

    How long does it take to process my application and/or register my dog?

  • Answer:

    CKC quickly processes all paperwork within 5 business days of receipt in our office with the exception of Picture and Witness (PAW) applications which may up to 30 business days.  

    Our time frames do not include mailing time which vary depending on circumstances beyond our control, such as the distance between your location, your method of shipping, holidays and weather conditions.

    Log into your member or breeder portal to see if your registration in question is listed.

  • Question:

    I lost my puppy’s registration application. How can I get another one?

  • Answer:

    CKC will re-issue puppy registration applications to breeders for a fee of $5.00 for one application or $1.00 per application for litters of 6 or more. If you have the breeder information, contact CKC and another puppy registration application can be reissued to the breeder for your dog.

Breeding Programs & Resources

  • Question:

    Should I breed my dog?

  • Answer:

    That depends on many factors.  Deciding whether or not to breed a dog is a big decision that should not be taken lightly. There are many factors that should be accounted for when determining if a dog is breeding quality. 

    First, the dog should be physically, and genetically sound, free from any obvious defects, diseases, or disorders.  Some breeds are prone to hidden genetic diseases that can crop up later in the dogs life, resulting in a diminished quality of life and a bereaved dog owner.  Research your breed and rule out any possible genetic defects or disorders through pedigree research and genetic screening. 

    Secondly, any dog that is being considered for breeding should resemble the breed’s standard as closely as possible.  Every registry has a written standard for what the ideal specimen of a dog breed should look, and they are all fairly similar, with minor changes.  As a dog breeder, you must know your dog’s breed standard inside and out, and know what traits and characteristics the breed should and should not exhibit.  You can see CKC’s breed standards by clicking here

    To ensure that your dog is going to be making a contribution to his or her breed, it is recommended that you always train your dog in a discipline, or earn a champion title in shows.  This will not only increase the perceived value of your dog, but will help to ensure good homes for future puppies, as the parent’s skills and abilities are a great indicator of the puppies potential.  Retriever trials, flyball, agility, obedience, and weight pulling are just a few dog event types that you can check into!  There really is a dog event for every dog.

    Another often over-looked, yet very important factor is ensuring that the dog you are breeding is temperamentally sound, meaning that he or she has a good temperament.  Dogs that are overly shy, aggressive, or exhibiting any mental unsoundness should not be bred, as these tendencies can be passed on to the puppies either through genetics, or learned environmentally.  Extreme shyness, phobias, and aggression cannot be trained out of a dog, and once a dog develops these issues, they will require life-long management to prevent reaction to triggers. 

    Prior to breeding any dog, you should always consult your veterinarian.  Your veterinarian can help you to determine if your dog is at the right stage of their life for handling the physical demands of breeding, whelping, and nursing puppies, or they may be able to spot potential problems that need to be addressed prior to breeding. They can also guide you through the steps of breeding, pregnancy, and whelping as well. 

    The last thing to consider is the commitment on your own part.  Selecting the right mate, researching the dog’s background and pedigree, veterinary screenings, genetic screenings, breeding contracts, whelping, lining up homes for anywhere between 1-13 puppies (depending on the breed), post whelping veterinary care, puppy contracts, raising, socializing, and training 1-13 puppies for a minimum 7 weeks, returned puppies, as well as periodic well-fare checks with the new owners will require much of your own time, money, and resources.  

    If your dog is physically, mentally, and genetically sound, the veterinarian gives you the go-ahead, and you are willing and capable of committing to the requirements of raising a litter, then it sounds like you are ready to go.  

  • Question:

    How do I find responsible owners for my puppies?

  • Answer:

    Ideally, owners should be lined up prior to the breeding.  One way of doing this is announcing the planned breeding and getting deposits on the puppies ahead of time.  Selecting quality breeding stock with titles and champions in their disciplines will make this task much easier.  Other venues for finding responsible owners include creating a puppy contract that will hold puppy owners accountable for veterinary care, spaying/neutering, and returning the puppy to you should they not be able to care for him or her anymore.  Another way to find responsible owners is to screen owners carefully.  Ensure that their lifestyles match the lifestyle for the breed that you raise.  A series of questions will help you to determine this. 

    Don’t be afraid to turn a prospective owner away if you feel that they cannot provide the life that a young puppy will need.  Also, be prepared to keep some puppies indefinitely until the right home can be found.  Creating a website for your puppies, advertising your puppies online, or in a newspaper will put you in touch with more prospective puppy owners, but they should all be carefully screened to ensure that it is a suitable match.  

  • Question:

    What type of contract should I provide to new owners?

  • Answer:

    A solid puppy contract should include any sort of health guarantee, whether or not the puppy is to be spayed/neutered, and what should happen to the puppy or dog should the owner no longer be able to care for it.  All of this should be specified, in writing, and signed and dated by both parties.

  • Question:

    What can I provide to puppy buyers to better prepare for ownership?

  • Answer:

    The best thing that you can provide to your new puppy owners is a properly socialized, well-trained puppy and a CKC registration application.  While you can’t expect an 8 week old puppy to win an Obedience competition,  they can be socialized and introduced to small amounts of rudimentary, yet extremely important, training.  The Super Puppy Routine, coming when called, “sit,” crate-training, introduction to loose leashes, bite inhibition, and socialization to other animals and people (outside of your family) have proven to be extremely important to helping a puppy transition to well-adjusted adults. 

    CKC has many resources available for breeders and puppy owners to help prepare them for a life-long relationship in a forever home.  Visit CKC’s Breeder Resources to help prepare your puppies for their new homes. Visit the CKC New Puppy Owner Resources to provide your puppy owners with information and ideas for preparing for their new arrival, as well as dealing with the issues that arise with raising a puppy and adolescent dog.

    In addition, CKC now offers a Puppy Starter Kit which may be purchased to accompany the CKC registration application. The Puppy Starter Kit includes the "My Puppy Guide Booklet" as well as many other valuable resources for the new puppy owner.

    When your puppy owners register their puppy into their own name, they will automatically gain access to a wealth of information and resources, so be sure to encourage your puppy owners to register their puppies!

  • Question:

    Does CKC offer special rates for breeders?

  • Answer:

    Yes, CKC offers a discounted fee of only $5.00/dog to breeders that register 8 or more breeding stock at one time or within one (1) calendar year. Please feel free to call our office or email us for further information.

    Please Note:  Discounted rate does not apply to PAW Registrations. 

     

  • Question:

    How do I get papers for my litter of puppies?

  • Answer:

    Order FREE pre-printed puppy applications online by clicking here. It will take only a few moments, and the papers will be on their way within 2-3 business days.

    Print and complete a Litter Application and mail it into our office. The Litter Application is mandatory if the sire is registered with another CKC recognized organization and owned by someone other than the breeder.

    Please Note: Both parents must be CKC registered to order online or by phone.

  • Question:

    How much does it cost to register a litter with Continental Kennel Club?

  • Answer:

    Continental Kennel Club (CKC) is the only kennel club that offers free pre-printed puppy papers to its club members.

    When you take into account the high cost of litter registration fees with other clubs, no other kennel club can claim lower overall registration fees for the dog owner than Continental Kennel Club. CKC breeders need only register their breeding stock, and puppy papers are distributed to them for each litter free of charge. 

  • Question:

    Can I breed my CKC registered dog to a dog registered with another canine registry?

  • Answer:

    If both the sire and dam are owned by the same person, CKC requires that they both be CKC registered. The dam of a litter must ALWAYS be CKC registered. If the non-CKC registered dog is registered with a CKC-recognized breed organization, you may dual register him/her and have the litter registered. 

    You may breed your dam with a sire that is not CKC registered and still register the litter with CKC if the sire is registered with a CKC recognized BREED organization. For a list of CKC recognized breed organizations, CLICK HERE. A Litter Application must be completed by you as well as the sire owner and submitted to CKC along with a copy of the sire’s certificate or pedigree from a CKC recognized breed organization.  

  • Question:

    Does CKC offer the option of limited registration to breeders?

  • Answer:

    CKC does offer the ability to limit registration to members of our Preferred Breeder Program. For more information on how you may apply to become a Preferred Breeder, CLICK HERE.

Breeds & Genetics

  • Question:

    Will a DNA test determine if my dog is purebred?

  • Answer:

    No.  The DNA test on the markets today are very sophisticated and can determine many things.  Breed Purity tests, such as the popular Wisdom Panel® 2.0 test compares your dog’s genetic material to their pool of genetically known purebred dog breeds.  They determine how similar or dissimilar your dog’s genetic material is to their genetic pool.  While similar, or closely related specimens are considered to be “purebred,” the Wisdom Panel® 2.0 website clearly states that, “The Wisdom Panel® 2.0 test can be used to compare your dog genetically to known purebreds in a pre-specified breed to see how similar or dissimilar your dog is to members of that particular breed. However, the kennel clubs govern the definition of purity.”

  • Question:

    Does CKC register designer breed dogs?

  • Answer:

    Yes.  CKC was one of the first registries to recognize and register “designer breeds.”  All mixed breeds and designer breeds are clearly identified as “Non-Purebred” on their puppy registration application and their registration certificate.  

    While “designer breed” is a relatively new term, crossing of existing breeds to create new breeds is nothing new.  Most purebred dogs recognized today are less than 200 years old and are the result of crossing the existing breeds of the time.  For example, the Doberman Pinscher was once a “designer breed,’ that consisted of seven different breeds, including the Weimaraner, the Rottweiler, and the German Pinscher.   Today, it is one of the most easily recognizable dog breeds. 

  • Question:

    What are Continental Kennel Club's breed standards for purebred dogs?

  • Answer:

    The purebreed standards and breed descriptions are available in BREEDS section of website; CLICK HERE to review breeds, standards, and/or details.

  • Question:

    Does CKC use DNA testing for determining canine parentage?

  • Answer:

    Yes, when questions arise about the parentage of a dog. See current CKC Rules and Regulations for details.

  • Question:

    Does CKC require DNA testing for registration of a dog?

  • Answer:

    No, CKC does not require DNA testing for registration of a dog. You may refer to CKC Rules and Regulations for further information.

Events and Shows

  • Question:

    Does CKC host sanctioned events for club members?

  • Answer:

    No.  CKC does not host shows and events.  Affiliate clubs host the events and shows, and CKC sanctions them by recording and awarding points toward championships for CKC-registered dogs that competed in the events.  If you are interested in starting a CKC affiliate club and hosting CKC events, please contact the CKC Events Department at events@ckcusa.com. or click HERE.

  • Question:

    What is a CKC Affiliate Club?

  • Answer:

    A CKC Affiliate Club is an organization of people who train for, and host, CKC shows and events.  The clubs consist of a club president, a club secretary, and general members.  For more information on CKC Affiliate Clubs, please click HERE.

  • Question:

    What types of CKC events can my dog participate in?

  • Answer:

    CKC will sanction most any type of show or event that Affiliate Clubs wish to host.  This includes; conformation shows, retriever and field trials, weight pulling, obedience, agility, precision agility, just to name a few!  A complete list of event types and rules can be found here.  

  • Question:

    How can I request to host a CKC sanctioned event near me?

  • Answer:

    In order to host a CKC sanctioned event, you must first start an affiliate club with CKC. Through the club you can select your club members and event staff, as well as train and prepare participant and contestants.  Once you have your Affiliate Club, you may schedule your first two probationary shows.  

Member Services & Support

  • Question:

    How do I update my address?

  • Answer:

    You may update your address by completing a Change of Address Form. The completed form may be submitted via fax, mail, or you may scan and email it to us.

    Please note: Changes in address may not be made by phone

  • Question:

    I lost my dog’s certificate of registration. How can I get a new one?

  • Answer:

    Duplicate registration certificates are available for a fee of $10.00.

    We will need your name, address, the dog’s name, and a statement that you have lost your dog’s Certificate of Registration and would like a replacement.  This can be done over the phone or via mail.

  • Question:

    How do I make a correction/change to my dog's certificate?

  • Answer:

    If you simply want to have the dog’s color or name corrected/changed in their CKC records, this may be done by phone, email, fax, or mail. If you would like to have a new certificate issued there is a $10.00 reissue fee.

    If there is a change in ownership it must be treated as a transfer. If a correction is needed for the sex of your dog, this must be submitted via fax, mail, or email.

  • Question:

    How do I file a formal complaint regarding a CKC breeder or member?

  • Answer:

    CKC takes all complaints received concerning a CKC member very seriously and will begin an investigation immediately.  We must receive all complaints in writing along with any and all documentation (from the breeder, veterinarian, etc.) supporting your complaint.  Please contact us to request a Complaint Packet.

  • Question:

    How do I transfer a CKC registered dog into my name?

  • Answer:

    If a Certificate of Registration has been previously issued for a dog, there is a place on the back of the certificate to transfer the dog from one owner to another. Both the current and the new owner must sign the back of the certificate, and the certificate needs to be mailed in with the appropriate transfer fees. There is a schedule of transfer fees provided on the back of the certificate or CLICK HERE to view additional products and services.

  • Question:

    How can I transfer ownership of a dog if I am unable to obtain the previous owner's signature?

  • Answer:

    If the previous owner failed to sign the back of the original Certificate of Registration to transfer ownership, you may complete a Certification of Ownership Form to submit along with the original certificate. The original Certificate of Registration and the completed Certification of Ownership form must be submitted to our office by mail along with the appropriate fee(s). There is a schedule of transfer fees provided on the back of the certificate or CLICK HERE to view additional products and services.

Records and Information

  • Question:

    What is a pedigree?

  • Answer:

    A certified pedigree provides background ancestry information on your dog. A standard pedigree follows ancestry back, up to four generations; A larger five generation pedigree may also be ordered for your dog.

  • Question:

    How do I transfer ownership of a CKC registered dog into my name?

  • Answer:

    If a Certificate of Registration has been previously issued for a dog, there is a place on the back of the certificate to transfer the dog from one owner to another. Both the current and the new owner must sign the back of the certificate, and the certificate needs to be mailed in with the appropriate transfer fees. There is a schedule of transfer fees provided on the back of the certificate or CLICK HERE to view additional products and services.

  • Question:

    How do I get a CKC Certified Pedigree?

  • Answer:

    A CKC Certified Pedigree may be ordered on any CKC registered canine, excluding those canines registered through the PAW Evaluation & Registration Program.  

    Contact us to purchase a 3-4 generation pedigree for $15.00. A larger five generation pedigree may be ordered for your dog for $20.00. 

Registration Services

  • Question:

    What are the benefits of registering my dog with CKC? Why should I register?

  • Answer:

    There are many benefits of registration. Here are just a few:

    • Create a permanent record. Establish your pup’s place in his/her family tree and in your family pack. Like a birth certificate, the registration certificate serves as a permanent record of existence & identity.
    • Provide security. Protect your puppy by acquiring access to vital information, official records, and verification of ownership, breed type, registration status, etc.
    • Establish ownership. Complete the registration process to transfer ownership from the breeder to you. Your pup’s registration certificate serves as proof of ownership should your pup become lost, stolen, or ownership is challenged.
    • Add value to pedigree. Ensure registration eligibility of future offspring, if you choose to breed your dog someday. Registration is highly valued by potential puppy purchasers.
    • Become a privileged member. Guarantee a successful, life-long companionship between yourself and your pup, by partnering with Continental Kennel Club. With access to a variety of canine care, training, and ownership resources, CKC is committed to preparing and assisting dog owners throughout every age and stage to come.

  • Question:

    Is it too late to register my dog?

  • Answer:

    No!  CKC does not charge any late fees or penalties for processing ‘late’ registrations. You should submit the puppy registration application upon receipt from the breeder to prevent loss and to protect your rights and privileges as a CKC member. However, you may submit your completed application at any time, with no penalty.

    Registration prices are subject to change, and current fees will apply for services. 

  • Question:

    What is the difference between a registration application and a Certificate of Registration?

  • Answer:

    A registration application is used to apply for registration (or certification) of a dog with the Continental Kennel Club.  There are 2 types of registration applications used by CKC: a puppy registration application which is supplied by the breeder and shows transfer of ownership from a breeder to a puppy’s new owner; and a canine registration application which is used to apply for registration of a dog 6 months or older. 

    A Certificate of Registration is only issued after a registration application has been accepted and approved by the Continental Kennel Club.  The certificate of registration provides proof of the dog’s breed, lineage and purebred status. Once a certificate of registration has been issued for a dog, breeders are able to request puppy registration applications for litters produced. A certificate of registration also shows proof of ownership, and the certificate can be used to transfer ownership to a new owner. A CKC certificate of registration is also necessary for eligibility to compete in CKC sponsored events.

  • Question:

    How do I get registration papers for my dog?

  • Answer:

    Continental Kennel Club provides three (3) registration options for the certification of purebred canines. The three registration services are CANINE REGISTRATION, DUAL REGISTRATION and PAW REGISTRATION.  Each type of registration implements an individual set of requirements for verification that the applicant dog is of proper breed type and eligible for registration with the Continental Kennel Club Inc.   

    CLICK HERE to view descriptions of each registration option to learn which service fits your needs and instructions on how you may apply for CKC Registration.  

  • Question:

    What is the difference between Canine Registration and Dual Registration?

  • Answer:

    CANINE REGISTRATION is the registration process developed for registering an UNREGISTERED adult canine that has a CKC registered sire and dam or whose parents are registered with another CKC recognized breed organization.  Canine Registration requires that the applicant submit the names and CKC numbers of both parents of the applicant dog or that (in the case one or both parents is registered elsewhere) a copy of the parent's registration certificate be submitted along with the application.

    DUAL REGISTRATION is the registration process developed for registering an adult canine with CKC that is currently REGISTERED with another CKC recognized breed organization.  Dual Registration requires the applicant to submit a copy of the canine's registration certificate (and pedigree, if available) along with the application.

  • Question:

    How do I get papers for my litter of puppies?

  • Answer:

    Order FREE pre-printed puppy applications online by clicking here. It will take only a few moments, and the papers will be on their way within 2-3 business days.

    Print and complete a Litter Application and mail it into our office. The Litter Application is mandatory if the sire is registered with another CKC recognized organization and owned by someone other than the breeder. 

    Call our toll-free number (1-800-952-3376) and order litter applications from a live operator at CKC between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm Central Standard Time.

    Please Note: Both parents must be CKC registered to order online or by phone.

  • Question:

    How much does it cost to register a litter with Continental Kennel Club?

  • Answer:

    Continental Kennel Club (CKC) is the only kennel club that offers free pre-printed puppy papers to its club members. 

    When you take into account the high cost of litter Registration fees with other clubs, no other kennel club can claim lower overall Registration fees for the dog owner than Continental Kennel Club. CKC breeders need only register their breeding stock, and puppy papers are distributed to them for each litter free of charge. 

  • Question:

    How do I register my dog with CKC that is registered with another club?

  • Answer:

    This is referred to as “dual registration”. If your dog is registered with a CKC-recognized breed organization, you may register him/her with CKC as well by completing and submitting a Canine Application along with a copy of your dog’s registration certificate or certified pedigree from a CKC recognized breed organization.  

  • Question:

    Does CKC offer limited registration?

  • Answer:

    CKC does offer the ability to limit registration to members of our Preferred Breeder Program. For more information on how you may apply to become a Preferred Breeder, click here.

Website Support

  • Question:

    Where can I find CKC Logos to use on my personal website?

  • Answer:

    The LINKS TO US page contains CKC logos and links which may be used (according to the guidelines below each one) on personal websites maintained by CKC members and on promotional materials constructed by CKC affiliate clubs. READ GUIDELINES AND RESTRICTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING ANY CKC LOGO/LINK IN EXTERNAL CONTENT. 

    There is also a link to the LINKS TO US page in the footer of CKC website homepage.

  • Question:

    How do I log into my online CKC Member Profile?

  • Answer:

    To initially log in to access your online member records, you must first register by clicking the link to REGISTER. A pop-up window will appear; First, you will need to enter your email address which MUST match the email address on file for your CKC Account. You will then need to enter your Member Number, then a password of your choosing.

     

  • Question:

    What do I do if I do not know my CKC Member Number?

  • Answer:

    If you do not know your CKC Member Number, you may email Continental Kennel Club (from the email account on file with CKC) at ckc@ckcusa.com, requesting your CKC Member Number. Please be sure to include your name and address and we will email you back with your CKC Member Number. If your email address is not on file with CKC we will have it added for you. In order to protect your privacy and provide secure access to your canine records, we will mail you a letter including your member number. Upon receipt of this letter you may register online to access your canine records.

  • Question:

    How can I update a web ad that is already published?

  • Answer:

    If you would like to request a change to the content of a web-ad published on the CKC website, you will need to contact our Customer Service Center to indicate changes.  We will need your full name, current address, and CKC Member Number.

 

 

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