FAQs

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 sought 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 Preprinted 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 so a representative can verify the receipt of your fax. The CKC fax number is (toll-free) 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 eligible for CKC-registration, the breeder must provide you with a CKC Preprinted Puppy Application at the time of sale. This application will include an application number, which you may enter online to register the puppy. The Preprinted 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 may vary depending on circumstances beyond our control, such as distance, your choice of shipping method, holidays, and weather conditions.

Log into your member 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 reissue 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 and 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 of 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 how 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 it will also 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 overlooked, 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 through genetics or environmental learning. 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 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. 

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 Routinecoming when called, “sit,” crate-trainingintroduction to loose leashesbite inhibition, and socialization to other animals and people (outside of your family) have all proven to be extremely important methods for helping puppies transition into well-adjusted adults. 

CKC has many resources available for breeders and puppy owners to help them prepare for a lifelong relationship in a forever home. Visit CKC’s Breeder Resources to help prepare your puppies for their new homes. Visit the CKC blog 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 that 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 $7.00/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 preprinted puppy applications online by clicking here. It will take only a few moments, and the papers will be on their way within 23 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 preprinted 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.

 

Question: If a CKC breeder doesn’t want the owners of sold puppies to be bred, what should the CKC breeder do?

Answer: If a breeder is selling pet-quality dogs and doesn’t want them sold or placed in a breeding program, the CKC breeder needs a written agreement/contract with each person who receives or buys one of the CKC breeder's puppies. The agreement/contract should state explicitly that the puppy being transferred is not to be bred or used for a breeding program. Continental Kennel Club strongly advises that all breeders or individuals selling or placing dogs do so with a written contract detailing the terms and conditions of the sale. Contracts are made and enforced according to state laws, not registration organizations. Therefore, if a breeder wants to restrict the breeding rights of sold or placed dogs, it should be done with a contract that includes a mandatory spay/neuter clause. Or, better yet have the dog spayed or neutered before selling it.

 

Question: What is a CKC Return Rate and why is it important?

Answer: Every CKC breeder has a return rate. It reflects how many puppy papers you give your customers compared to how many are returned for registration to CKC. Many breeders are surprised to find that, although their customers insist upon buying a registered puppy, the customers never return the paperwork to follow through with the registration. Why is this important? CKC offers several free and discounted services to our breeders, including free litter registration. In return, we rely on our breeders to be advocates of CKC and help ensure that the new puppy owners submit the puppy application for registration.

CKC also offers the Breeder Rewards Program, which allows you to earn points by registering litters within 10 days of the DOB, having the new owners registering their pups in a timely fashion, breeding stock registration, and more. These points may be redeemed on many CKC services. For additional information on how you may join the Breeder Rewards Program and how you can begin earning points, click HERE.
 
Want to know what your return rate is? Call us at 1 (800) 952-3376 or email us today at ckc@ckcusa.com

Breeds and Genetics

 

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 registration certificate.  

While “designer breed” is a relatively new term, the crossing of existing breeds to create new breeds is nothing new. Most purebred dogs recognized today are less than 200 years old and 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 the BREEDS section of our 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 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, and 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, in addition to training and preparing participants and contestants. Once you have your Affiliate Club, you may schedule your first two probationary shows.  

Member Services and 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 you can 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 34 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 and 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, lifelong 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 two 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 six 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 each 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 preprinted puppy applications online by clicking here. It will take only a few moments, and the papers will be on their way within 23 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 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. 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 preprinted 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 a 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 that includes your member number. Upon receipt of this letter you may register online to access your canine records.

 

Question: What do I do if I do not know the email address associated with my CKC Member Account?

Answer: If you are unsure of the email address associated with your CKC Member Account, you may contact our Customer Service Center to verify, add, or change the email address on file with CKC.

 

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.

Answers To Critics

Continental Kennel Club is an international registry with club members and dogs registered in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries. Since 1991, Continental Kennel Club has served as one of the leading canine registries in the world and used the internet to promote, advertise, and publicize its services and programs.

While the internet is a wonderful medium for the free exchange of ideas all over the world, it can also be used to spread rumors and false information about people, businesses, and organizations. Unfortunately, CKC is no stranger to the power of the internet. Over the years, misinformation concerning CKC has circulated the web, leading to misconceptions about our club.

The following information is an attempt to answer those misconceptions as a series of frequently asked questions. For more information about CKC, please see our official rules or call a friendly representative for assistance.

 

 

Does CKC feel that registering a dog as purebred based on two signatures and five photographs is an accurate means of registration?

We do register dogs that are known purebreds whose registration papers with another registry have been lost, destroyed, or stolen. In these cases, we require two witnesses to verify the dog is purebred and five photos (one from each side, one from the front and rear, and a close-up headshot) to verify the dog is ‘of proper breed type.’ According to CKC Registration Rules, a dog must be purebred and ‘of proper breed type’ to be registered as a purebred dog. If a dog is represented as purebred by the owner and two other witnesses, its registration can still be challenged if it is not ‘of proper breed type.’ The pictures that are submitted with these registration applications give us insight into whether a dog is of proper breed type or not. And, CKC will deny registration for any dog that is not of proper breed type no matter what type of verification that is submitted for that dog. For example, registration for a dog may be received on a puppy application with CKC registered parents or on a canine application submitted with registration papers from another kennel club, and still be denied registration if it comes to our attention that it is not ‘of proper breed type.’

Unfortunately, for many purebred dogs, their paper trail has been lost yet they are good examples of their breed and worthy of contributing to the gene pool for their particular breed. Purebred dog gene pools are already constricted enough by closed registries promoting primarily show-type breeding with little regard for working ability. The CKC registry is an open registry, and we have established adequate rules to safeguard the integrity of the registry. CKC registration rules give us the right to investigate any member suspected of registration infractions. CKC investigates every claim concerning improper breed type or fraudulent information on registration papers. CKC removes member privileges and purebred status for all dogs that have been found to have incorrect or fraudulent information.

The majority of registrations that come into the registration office come in with parents registered either in CKC or another kennel club, such as AKC or UKC. There are three ways to register a dog with Continental Kennel Club depending on the history and background available for each dog. Dogs are most commonly registered with CKC via preprinted puppy applications issued for each litter and requested by a breeder using CKC litter services. We also register dogs on canine applications based on registration information submitted from other CKC-recognized registries. A list of accepted registries is available HERE.

The third way to register is by using CKC's PAW Program. By allowing purebred dogs to be registered with witnesses and pictures, CKC is allowing a legitimate alternative for purebred dogs, such as rescued and abandoned dogs. Registration provides the new owners with proof of ownership, a registration number to compete in CKC performance events, access to CKC online services, and other valuable programs, like the CKC Breeder Rewards Program. In addition, providing a legitimate means of registering purebred dogs eliminates the practice in closed registries of registering dogs with false pedigree information (a practice that brings the accuracy of pedigree records and studbooks into question).

 

Does Continental Kennel Club register mixed-breed dogs, and if so, why?

Yes, while 98% of the registry is made up of purebred dog registrations, CKC does offer its registration services to owners of mixed-breed dogs. Owning a mixed-breed dog is very common today, and CKC wants to be helpful to those dog owners as well. Many mixed-breed dogs are rescued from shelters by responsible owners looking for a good canine companion to be part of their home. CKC encourages registration of these dogs for a number of reasons. Registration services provide proof of ownership, allow the dog to participate in our performance events, allow CKC to record the accomplishments of the owner and these canines, and make available all of the great services CKC has to offer.

Continental Kennel Club applications and registration papers are designed to ensure the public understands the different registration classes at CKC. Puppy applications and registration certificates are stamped with ‘PUREBRED’ or ‘NONPUREBRED’ in bold print, so that new owners know what they are getting. Also, the abbreviation, ‘MISC’ appears in front of any mixed breed description on the BREED field. In addition, the CKC unique numbering system for miscellaneous breeds uses different prefixes so that computer programs can prevent the recording of a mixed breed dog as purebred.

 

Why does Continental Kennel Club allow registering dogs that have limited breeding rights with other registries?

CKC Registration Rules allow for the registration of all purebred dogs. Because CKC is an independent registry that operates by its own registration rules, CKC does not record breeding status information from other registries. And, as with other registry organizations, individual membership status is conferred and maintained by adherence to the specific organization’s registration rules, policies, and procedures.

In order to meet its membership needs, CKC has established a Preferred Breeders Program that offers limited registration privileges to those breeders subscribing to the program. The CKC Preferred Breeder Program is an elite program made up of breeders who subscribe to the highest ethical standards in animal husbandry and canine care. CKC Preferred Breeders are committed to improving their breeds.

 

Does Continental Kennel Club condone puppy mills?

Continental Kennel Club does not condone or promote “puppy mills.” The majority of CKC registrations come from individuals, not large commercial breeding operations. In 2006, two percent of our members were registered as kennel owners (i.e., someone who has ten or more dogs registered). Of those ordering applications for litters in 2006, only 10 percent were listed as kennels with CKC.

To deal with unscrupulous dog owners, CKC maintains a strict set of Registration Rules that all members are expected to adhere to and abide by, whether they be individual dog owners, breeders, or kennel owners. CKC enforces its registration rules, policies, and procedures through program checks, customer feedback, and a formal complaint process. In dealing with a complaint, CKC employs a wide latitude of investigative tools, including on-site inspections, professional tests, and document gathering to determine the merits of a reported abuse of the registry.

Occasionally, we receive complaints about breeders using the CKC registry who are suspected of “puppy mill” practices. If such a documented complaint is made concerning a CKC member, a file is opened, and we begin an investigation immediately. If the breeder is found to be unethical in their breeding practices or care of their dogs, their club-member privileges will be suspended and/or revoked according to Rule 6b of the Continental Kennel Club Registration Rules. Rule 6b states: “CKC reserves the right to refuse registration to any person or to revoke or suspend the club-member privileges of any member who acts in a manner that CKC deems unethical, fraudulent, or dishonest.” In addition, Rule 6a states: “CKC reserves the right to refuse registration to any person, or to revoke or suspend the club member privileges of any member, who is convicted of a crime of cruelty to animals in any state, province, or country.”

 

 

Does CKC stand for Continental Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club?

CKC is an acronym and trademark that is used by both Continental Kennel Club and Canadian Kennel Club.  Continental and Canadian have agreements on how each club will use the acronym in advertisements, publications, and on the internet, so as not to confuse the general public about each other’s respective services.

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