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How to Register a Dog with the CKC

Recognizing 175 breeds and containing over 25,000 members, the Canadian Kennel Club sponsors competitions and offers many benefits to owners who register their purebred pups.


  • Step 1: Research breeds and breeders Research the different dog breeds the CKC recognizes, and find responsible breeders who can prove that their puppies' parents are CKC-registered.
  • Step 2: Get registration form from your dog's breeder Get a puppy registration form from your dog's breeder, who should have registered the litter with the CKC and gotten puppy registration forms for each dog.
  • TIP: The CKC requires sellers to provide buyers with registration paperwork free of charge within six months from the date of sale.
  • Step 3: Complete the paper form Fill out the form given to you by the breeder. Provide information about your dog's color and markings, as well as your contact information.
  • Step 4: Submit the form Submit the form and pay the required registration fee to the CKC.
  • TIP: Register your dog within 120 days of their birth for the least expensive registration fee.
  • Step 5: Receive your registration certificate Wait seven to 10 days for the CKC to process your application and send your dog's official registration certificate by mail.
  • TIP: Become an individual member of the CKC to receive expedited service on your registration application with a turnaround time of only 48 hours.
  • Step 6: Check the certificate for any errors Check your certificate for any errors and contact the CKC if any changes are needed. Read the CKC web site and learn about all of the benefits available to you and your new puppy.
  • FACT: The Canadian Kennel Club was founded in 1887 in Delaware, Ontario. The first dog registered was an English setter named Forest Fern.

You Will Need

  • Information from breeder
  • CKC registration form
  • Registration fee
  • Internet access

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