FAQs

Applications and Processing

Question: Which colors are acceptable for my dog?

Answer: All breed standards CKC maintains include the established standard colors that serve as characteristics of the breed. However, CKC recognizes that some breeds can produce atypical or non-standard coat colors. To maintain a substantial, genetically diverse breeding population, CKC incorporates a list of non-standard colors that are sometimes found in purebred dogs. Please view your canine’s breed standard for acceptable colors. Search for the breed and then click on the blue “More Info” plus sign to the right to find the entire standard.

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.

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.

Question: My dog is bigger or smaller than I hoped. What can I do?

Answer: Size is genetic, and a breeder can only estimate how large or small a dog will grow to be. It is not uncommon for offspring produced from two toy, miniature, or standard varieties to be larger or smaller than either one or both parents. The genetic presence of larger or smaller dogs is often further back in the lineage than just the sire or dam. If your CKC registered dog’s size variety is incorrectly classified, you can update it by submitting a completed measurement chart and surrendering your current CKC registration certificate. The reissue fee is $10.00, payable by credit or debit card, check, or money order.

Breeding Programs and Resources

Question: Should I breed my dog?

Answer: The decision to breed your dog is multifaceted and should be made only after considering all impacts. The canine must be physically and genetically sound, free from defects, diseases, and disorders. The potential dog must meet the breed standard. The traits and characteristics he exhibits should qualify him as an ideal specimen. To increase the perceived value of your puppies, you might consider training the parents in a performance event for the breed’s form and function or compete in conformation shows. Studies and personal experience prove that the parents’ traits and abilities indicate the offspring’s potential. Breeding stock should be temperamentally sound. You should not breed an overly shy or aggressive dog because those tendencies impact a litter of pups’ genetics and environmental learning. You should consult your veterinarian before breeding to ensure your dog is sound. He is a trained expert and can impart a wealth of valuable information; ask questions! Overall, the decision to breed requires a commitment of finances, time, and personal education.

Question: How do I find responsible owners for my puppies?

Answer: Choosing responsible puppy owners requires some pre-planning on your part. Buyers should invest ahead of the planned breeding and place deposits on the puppies. You should create a puppy contract that holds the buyer responsible for veterinary care, spaying/neutering, basic obedience training, etc. You should screen potential buyers carefully to ensure their lifestyle fits the breed. You might consider the temperament of each puppy to help buyers find the right companion. Do not be afraid to turn a prospective owner away if you have concerns. Advertising your puppies online may attract interested buyers.

Question: What should I include in a puppy contract to ensure a smooth sale?

Answer: A solid puppy contract should include a health guarantee, requirements for ownership (spay/neuter, obedience training, etc.), stipulations for registration, and an explanation of breeding rights. The seller should also include steps for rehoming if required. Any changes and agreements should be made in writing and signed by all involved parties. We strongly urge you to complete the sale (obtain the money and provide correct, signed, original paperwork) before the puppy goes home, and ensure that puppies are registered to the new owners without delay.

Question: How do I help prepare buyers for ownership?

Answer: The best thing you can do for your buyers is provide a properly socialized puppy you introduced to basic training. You can utilize many CKC resources and products like Puppy Starter Kits. They include a short version of our Puppies 101 book, a helpful in-house publication with tips and tricks to help new puppy owners with the most common puppy issues.

Most importantly, you can ensure that puppy buyers understand the importance of registering their puppy into their name to gain immediate access to CKC’s supportive resources, such as our free 6-week puppy training video series that covers housetraining, bite-inhibition, coming when called, loose leach walking, and training to help navigate the puppy’s first year of life.

You are also responsible for providing a correct, original, signed Puppy Registration Application at the time of sale. The buyer must submit that application to transfer ownership from you to them as soon as possible. The registration creates a permanent record for them. They’ll also gain access to a 30-day trial of pet insurance from MetLife and unique registration services from us.

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: Can I limit the registration of puppies I sell?

Answer: CKC heard the requests of our members to make limited registration more widely available. Members of our Preferred Breeder Program (PBP) have streamlined access and pay no additional fees for the service. Members who aren’t part of the PBP can submit the Puppy Registration application and pay the registration fee and register individual puppies to themselves (the breeder) as ‘limited’ before it goes to the new owner. A written request for limited registration must accompany the application. The new owner must complete a transfer of ownership using the official certificate of registration according to the rules.

Question: My dog belongs to another organization with limited registration. Does that carry over to CKC?

Answer: You may dual register your dog with CKC. The limited registration does not carry over or impact the canine’s breeding privileges with us because CKC is not affiliated with any other registry/organization. However, if you have any independent contracts/agreements with the breeder that impacts breeding rights with the original registry, failure to adhere to the terms may result in actions taken by the breeder.

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 that fluctuates, reflective of the number of Puppy Registration Applications you request versus those submitted for registration by your puppy buyers. 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 does this matter? To continue offering free or well-priced, accessible service, we rely on our member breeders to act as advocates of CKC and help to ensure that the new puppy owners understand the benefit of registration and submit their registration applications to solidify each puppy’s place in the ancestral records. By doing so, new puppy owners gain access to CKC’s valuable puppy owner support services, such as the Ages and Stages training videos and other helpful resources for the life of their companion. We are excited about plans to provide incentives to our breeders based on their return rates thanks in part to their advocacy of CKC puppy registration.


Want to know what your return rate is? Call us at 1 (800) 952-3376 or email us today at ckc@ckcusa.com.

Question: What are the minimum and maximum ages for breeding stock?

Answer: To register a litter with CKC, both the sire and dam must be at least six months old at the time of breeding. CKC will not register litters produced ahead of this minimum age. Opposite that, the maximum breeding age is 12 years old for dams and 13 years for sires. Breeding beyond these maximums requires annual veterinary documentation prior to the registration of any litters. As for any health concerns involving breeding, you should always consult your veterinarian.

Question: What is CKC's stance on inbreeding and linebreeding?

Answer: The practice of intentional inbreeding and linebreeding is detrimental to the broader canine industry. Proponents of the approach maintain that breeding closely related dogs is the best way to preserve the breed’s overall characteristics and desired traits for the purpose of maintaining breed type for conformation showing.

As a registry, CKC desires to perpetuate the balance between a breed’s benchmarks and crucial genetic diversity while simultaneously reducing negative impacts, including reduced litter size and fertility, lack of disease resistance, and the frequency of offspring born with predispositions to hereditary illnesses. CKC strongly discourages the practice of inbreeding and linebreeding and may refuse registration of any litters that are found to be inbred or linebred.

“CKC reserves the right to refuse registration of litters that meet any of the following criteria: . . .Closely inbred litters – litters between full siblings or parent-offspring pairs” (Policy IV.A.4. 1. B.).

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: 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.

Question: What are breed standards, and why are they important?

Answer: A breed standard is a set of guidelines regarding phenotypical (external) observable traits. Each breed standard details the appearance, movement, and temperament that distinguishes one breed from breed another. For more information on CKC’s breed standards, check out these videos.

Question: I'm not sure my CKC-registered dog is purebred. What can I do?

Answer: When there’s reason to question the breed type of a registered canine, we utilize Photo Enhancement Analysis to determine if the phenotypical (outward) appearance coincides with the breed standard. This investigative tool uses a minimum of five (5) photographs to measure each part of the dog against the written standard for the dog’s designated breed. If you request an assessment, you must complete a complaint packet, and you will receive a summary documenting the categorical analysis – where the dog passes or fails.

Question: Why does CKC register non-purebred dogs?

Answer: The foundational purpose of any registry or kennel club is to provide a service – identification – to its members and their canines. Puppy buyers and dog breeders are interested in having an official document confirming their dog’s ownership and primary details. An example of an equivalent document is a child’s birth certificate or a car title.

Our critics often assume that all CKC-registered dogs attain purebred status, which is not the case. All official registration documents for mixed ancestry or popular hybrid dogs indicate their NON-PUREBRED status. Continental Kennel Club stands out among the industry by providing reciprocal services to hybrid or mixed breed and purebred dogs. We act as a nucleus for the management of ownership, progeny, and genealogical records. Further, we share a bi-partisan responsibility with our members to ensure that we produce accurate registration documents.

“CKC accepts registration applications for processing and issues registration certificates based on the accuracy of the information submitted by the registration applicant(s) and member(s). CKC accepts no liability for any inaccurate, false, or fraudulent information submitted on the registration application but will correct such information is determined to be in error by CKC” (Rule IV.A.5.).

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.

Question: Are there any events in my area?

Answer: We apologize, but CKC is neither hosting nor sanctioning conformation or performance events at this time. The geographic availability of official Continental Kennel Club events moving forward depends on establishing and consistently managing affiliate clubs. We will publish changes to our official event offerings on our website, social media pages, and newsletter.

QuestionI want to compete in the future. How should I start?

Answer: If you’re interested in competing in conformation shows or performance events, you and your dog should first have excellent basic obedience training. Competing or not, these foundational skills are essential for you and your dog’s safety, comfort, and the critical bond you share. Our Ages and Stages video training series will help you navigate puppyhood topics like socialization, housetraining, and basic leash manners. This free resource is available to all CKC members.

Member Services and Support

Question: How do I become a member or breeder with CKC?

Answer: CKC grants membership upon the successful registration of your first canine. You will receive a member number associated with you and your contact information. Each registered dog receives a unique CKC registration number. We do not require additional “breeder registration.” You will be listed as the breeder of any litter produced by a female dog you own.

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.

Question: What is the difference between a member number and a CKC registration number?

Answer: A member number is associated with you and your contact information; it’s typically seven digits in length. A dog’s unique CKC number starts with a breed code (Ex: PD for Poodle, TLM for Goldendoodle) and is a series of eight numbers beginning with 0. (Ex: PD-0xxxxxxx).

CKC will not release canine registration numbers by phone to anyone, including the owner on file. A member may request their member or account number by phone or email. Before release, the member must verify account details (address, phone number, canine CKC number, etc.).

Question: I have a complaint about a CKC member. What can I do?

Answer: CKC has a strict set of registration rules, guidelines, and policies to which we adhere and universally enforce among our membership. We utilize established protocols to resolve customer grievances and complaints. We take all complaints seriously and begin immediate investigations where appropriate.

In certain instances, CKC has limited recourse. CKC will not involve itself in contractual or monetary matters. We encourage all involved parties to work toward a mutually acceptable solution. Pursuing alternate means of redress by any parties is independent of our investigation. Generally, CKC cannot investigate health complaints without a proven genetic cause. We will record all reported cases, actionable or not. Repeated reports of non-genetic health issues may prompt an investigation at CKC’s discretion.

Complainants must submit their cases in writing via our complaint packet. Each submission must include a detailed statement of events and any pertinent supporting documentation (ex: veterinary records, genetic testing results, communication log, photos, etc.).

Complaints may not be made anonymously. Our goal is to encourage collaborative problem-solving and offer potential solutions before initiating official procedures. We must give the respondent reasonable time (generally 30 days) to answer or refute any claims against them or complete CKC-ordered tests. Because we value members’ privacy, we make every effort to remove sensitive personal or financial information from any evidence we share.

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 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.

Incomplete Pedigree

Occasionally, a full CKC pedigree is not available. This may be the case when either parent is dual-registered from another organization and the owner did not supply the pedigree, or if the dog, parent, or grandparent was a foundation animal registered through our PAW Program. Dogs that are the first of their line to be registered with CKC through PAW are known as foundation animals and will not have a full pedigree available. Although missing pedigree information can be disappointing, it’s essential to recognize the critical genetic contribution these foundation animals make and their role in assisting CKC in our mission of maintaining a large and diverse genetic population for every breed. For this reason, CKC cannot offer full pedigrees for every dog of every breed. In some instances, you may obtain missing pedigree information from a previous owner or contact the breeder to see if they have any additional information. If so, we will happily update our records and issue a pedigree.

Registration Services

Question: Why register with CKC?

Answer: Established more than 30 years ago, Continental Kennel Club continues to offer a more user-friendly, affordable, inclusive registry for breeders, dog owners, and enthusiasts. As one of the top kennel clubs worldwide, we provide superior services:

  • Free litter registration
  • A quick five-business day turnaround
  • Access to our free Ages and Stages training series
  • Discounted registration rates for qualifying breeders
  • A 30-day trial of pet insurance from MetLife

CKC offers a unique opportunity to consider the registration of purebred canines through our Picture and Witness (PAW) program. We work to better the 450+ purebred breeds we recognize by:

  • Accepting registrations from other CKC-recognized clubs allows for an enhanced gene pool and creates healthier dogs.
  • CKC breed standards are written to be inclusive, rather than exclusive, and focus on healthy structure, movement, and quality of life.

Question: Is it too late to register my dog?

Answer: Puppy Registration Applications do not expire, and we do not charge any late fees. To get the most out of your membership privileges, you should register your puppy as soon as possible. You can register online or submit the completed application by mail, fax, or email.

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 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: What is the Picture and Witness (PAW) Registration?

Answer: CKC offers a Picture and Witness (PAW) evaluation program through which you may apply for the registration of a purebred dog whose registration has been lost, or the ancestry is undocumented. Dogs that are the first of their line to be registered with CKC through PAW are known as foundation animals. It’s essential to recognize the critical genetic contribution these foundation animals make and their role in assisting CKC in our mission of maintaining a large and diverse genetic population for every breed.  For CKC to consider a dog for the PAW program, the owner of the dog and two witnesses of age (18 years or older) must affirm that the applicant dog is purebred and ‘of proper breed type’ as defined by CKC Registration Rules and Policies. The applicant canine must be at least ONE YEAR OF AGE before submission. The application clearly defines all picture, witness, and owner requirements; there is a NON-REFUNDABLE evaluation fee of $50.00 due with the application. Submitting a completed application does NOT guarantee registration. The assessment determines whether or not the dog meets its prescribed breed standard; the process takes approximately 30 business days to complete. If the applicant canine is approved, you will receive official registration documents. CKC does not accept PAW application materials except by mail.

Question: How can I dispute the results of a PAW evaluation?

Answer: All decisions regarding PAW evaluations are final; CKC does not permit disputes. We reserve the right to reject any applicant canine, which in the opinion of CKC, is not a good candidate for the program. We will return all application materials and fees. Dog owners may purchase a report detailing the pass/fail specifics by resubmitting the application materials and a written request for the assessment. If the dog fails the formal evaluation, we do not return the evaluation fee.

Question: Does my dog look purebred? Will he pass the PAW evaluation?

Answer: Unfortunately, we do not offer opinions on the breed type of a dog without performing an extensive, formal evaluation upon request or receiving an application and supplemental materials. If you’re interested in the assessment of an unregistered dog, please submit a PAW Application. If your canine is already CKC-registered, please submit a completed Photo Enhancement Analysis packet.

Question: Does Continental Kennel Club register dogs worldwide?

Answer: Yes, CKC registers dogs in all 50 states and many foreign countries except Canada. We do not register dogs in Canada due to a legal agreement with Canadian Kennel Club. You may use an alternate United States address, and we’ll happily process the registration for you.

Question: What advice would you give about buying a puppy?

Answer: We recommend that you locate a local breeder and consider some things such as seeing the parent dogs, proof of veterinary care and up-to-date vaccinations. If the puppy or litter is advertised as CKC-registered, you should also verify the registration and ensure you receive an original, signed Puppy Registration Application. Some breeders may supply a health guarantee or contract. Be sure that you read and understand the entirety of the document and the language contained in said agreements. You may consider asking for references from previous puppy buyers. The breeder/seller must provide a correct, signed, original Puppy Registration Application when you pick up the puppy. You should not take your CKC-registered puppy home without the paperwork in hand. We strongly recommend that your new puppy be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible to safeguard your puppy’s health and protect your consumer rights.

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.

CKC's Response to Negative Feedback

Established more than 30 years ago, Continental Kennel Club continues to offer a more user-friendly, affordable, inclusive registry for breeders, dog owners, and enthusiasts. As one of the top three largest kennel clubs, we provide superior services, including free litter registration, a quick five (5) business day turnaround on most paperwork, and access to our Ages and Stages video training series. CKC offers a unique opportunity for the consideration of registration of purebred canines with undocumented ancestry through our Photo and Witness (PAW) program. All registry organizations maintain and produce the same types of records. Hence, using any one of them is a personal preference depending upon the availability of services to meet the customers’ needs.

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 the 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?

Over the years, we’ve encountered some misconceptions about our response to and affiliation with puppy mills. We feel it best to address those here. CKC does not condone or promote “puppy mills.” A more significant part of our membership consists of individual hobby breeders, not large commercial breeding operations. Most members’ accounts denote an “individual” status, meaning that they have fewer than eight dogs registered with us. Continental Kennel Club has strict Registration Rules and Policies to which we adhere and universally enforce among our membership. In instances where a puppy buyer or concerned third party has questions regarding the animal husbandry practices of a member, we begin an immediate investigation and employ our Breeder Code of Ethics as a measuring stick. CKC expects that all members will follow the policies and guidelines of local and state laws regarding the proper care and housing of canines in their possession. We implore any person who may have concerns regarding any CKC member involved in matters of animal abuse or neglect to contact local authorities. We reserve the right to refuse registration to any person convicted of a crime of cruelty to animals in any state, province, territory, or country or who acts in a manner we deem unethical, fraudulent, or dishonest.

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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