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Purebred dog registrations

Dog buyers beware!

Is the puppy you are thinking of buying advertised as “registered”? Ask the breeder or seller for a copy of the registration papers of the parents before you seal the deal. Many puppy mills and backyard breeders are registering their dogs with invalid, Internet based registries.

How do you know?

Any dog sold in Canada as a purebred dog must be registered with one of the following organizations:

  • Canadian Kennel Club
  • Canadian Border Collie Association
  • Canine Federation of Canada
  • Working Canine Association of Canada
  • Canadian Livestock Records Corporation

Tips for sniffing out questionable registries:

  • Questionable registries are for-profit companies, while most of the large kennel clubs and valid registries are not-for-profit organizations.
  • Questionable registries do not require proof of pedigree. Some will register any dog of any breed, as long as the owners say they are certain of the breed. Others will even register “new breeds” or mixed breeds such as Cockapoos (Cocker Spaniel and Poodle mixes). A few may request a photograph of the dog as the only proof of breed.
  • Many questionable registries cater to puppy mills, and offer discounts for “commercial kennels”.Questionable registries usually do not have codes of ethics, or standards by which members and registrants must abide.

Above all, however, puppy buyers must remember that a registration does not guarantee the quality of the breeder or the health of a puppy.

Read the National Companion Animal Coalition’s

checklist for acquiring a dog
Check List for Acquiring a Dog

checklist for acquiring a dog fr
Liste de vérification pour l’acquisition d’un chien

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