Picture and Witness Registration (or PAW) provides an opportunity for purebred dogs of proper breed type to be considered for registration with Continental Kennel Club (CKC). The PAW program employs the use of photographs, witnesses, and physical measurements to determine how well the applicant canine fits the breeds standard, as set forth by CKC. Please note that submitting a PAW application does not guarantee that the applicant canine will be accepted for registration with CKC.
The PAW Program is NOT to be used for:
Upon receipt of the PAW Registration Application, CKC will evaluate specific photographs of the canine to determine if the canine is eligible for CKC registration. PAW registration applications may be rejected outright with no evaluation at CKC’s sole discretion. In these cases, no evaluation will be done, and the application, photos, and fees will be returned to the applicant.
Applicant canines that pass the PAW Registration Evaluation are accepted for registration by CKC. Canines will receive an official CKC Certificate of Registration displaying his/her photograph and a wallet-sized Photo ID Card.
To be eligible for evaluation through the PAW program, the applicant canine must be purebred and of proper breed type. Only canines of approved CKC breeds may be considered for registration under the rules and guidelines of the program.
You will need:
Check CKC's PAW Eligible Breeds list before you apply. Only the breeds on this list are eligible for PAW Registration
All photographs submitted are part of the dog’s permanent record and become the property of CKC, Inc. upon receipt.
CKC encourages dog owners to submit more than the minimum required 5 photographs to assist with the evaluation process.
Additional photographs may be requested for proof of breed-specific characteristics, such as double-dewclaws in some mountain, pastoral, or herding breeds, dorsal views of ridged-back breeds.
CKC may request that dogs be groomed in a breed-appropriate clip or style in photographs for better evaluation.
PAW registration applications may be rejected outright at CKC’s sole discretion. In these cases, no formal evaluation will be done, and the application, photos, and fees will be returned to the applicant.
Reasons for this may include: