A. Eligibility & Requirements
Any litter submitted for registration with Continental Kennel may be subject to additional verification requirements at our discretion. Any veterinary verification regarding canine health or litter size must be submitted in writing and signed by a veterinarian on their letterhead.
1. Litter Size
- According to our historical data, litter size varies according to breed, including the maximum litter size.
- In cases where the litter size is suspicious, such as, but not limited to, being greater than our standard maximum, we may ask for additional verification such as: photographic proof which includes the litter, the dam (mother) of the litter, veterinarian verification, or parentage DNA.
- Puppy Registration Applications are withheld until we have received and verified the puppy count provided.
2. Parent Age
- Any litter or puppy produced by a dam or sire under the age of six (6) months at the time of breeding will not be accepted for registration.
- Dams that are 12 years of age and older require a veterinary statement regarding the dam's physical condition and breeding capability. This may be required periodically as long as the dam is used for breeding.
- Sires that are 13 years of age and older require a veterinary statement regarding the sire’s physical condition and breeding capability. This may be required periodically as long as the sire is used for breeding.
- Veterinary verification must be submitted on a yearly basis as long as the sire or dam is an active part of a member’s breeding program.
3. Limited Registration
- Preferred Breeders can limit the registration of an entire litter when requesting the Puppy Registration Applications.
- Any breeder can limit the registration of a puppy they produce that has not yet been registered into a new puppy owner’s name, by submitting the Puppy Registration Application and registering the puppy to themselves, and paying the standard registration fee. The request for limited registration should be submitted in writing with the application.
- Additional information is available on our website at: https://ckcusa.com/registration/limited-registration/.
- The breeder may choose to permanently remove the limited registration status from a dog at any time. They must submit a request in writing. The new owner must have the certificate reissued according to the current Member Service Fee Schedule.
- CKC is unable to police the registration rights of dogs dual-registered from other registries. The best way to ensure that a puppy or dog remains limited is to register parent dogs and litters with CKC and limit the litter or puppy through CKC.
4. Special Cases
- CKC reserves the right to refuse registration of litters that meet any of the following criteria:
- Homozygous merle litters (double merle litters, or litters where both parents are a variation of merle, including but not limited to cryptic or hidden merle, dapple, harlequin, etc.)
- Closely inbred litters - litters between full siblings or parent-offspring pairs.
- Full siblings come from the same parent dogs, regardless of a shared birthdate.
- “CKC reserves the right to suspend, revoke, or limit the registration status of any canine which, Continental Kennel Club, in its judgement, determines to have significant genetic health issues as determined by genetic tests, veterinary examinations, canine-specific tests, or other procedures; which in CKC’s judgement, make it a poor specimen for breeding” (Rule IV.A.6.c.).
- Puppies or dogs advertised as “CKC,” “CKC-registered,” or “CKC-registerable” must be sold or transferred using an official CKC Canine Registration Certificate, Supplemental Transfer Form, if necessary, or with a CKC Puppy Registration Application.
- Picture and Witness (PAW) applications are not to be used for dogs or puppies advertised as “CKC-registered,” “CKC-registerable,” or used for the transfer of a dog or puppy from one owner’s name to another.
- Owners of advertised CKC litters, puppies, or dogs must advertise all CKC-registered litters, puppies, or dogs as the breed is listed on the dog(s)/documentation, including CKC certificates of registration, pedigrees, and Pre-Printed Puppy Application.
- For example, Miniature Poodles should not be advertised as “Toy Poodles,” Australian Cattle Dogs should not be advertised as “Mini Heelers,” if the breed listed on the registration states otherwise.
- Failure to do so may result in suspension and forfeiture of all CKC rights and privileges.