Terms and Conditions
Non Acceptance of Registration
The Kennel Club will not accept an application to register a litter when:
The dam has already whelped six litters, or
The dam has already reached the age of 8 years at the date of whelping (relief from this restriction may be considered normally provided an application is made prior to the mating, the proposed dam has previously whelped at least one other registered litter, and the application is supported by veterinary evidence as to the suitability of the bitch involved in the proposed whelping), or
The dam was under one year old at the time of mating, or
The offspring are the result of any mating between father and daughter, mother and son or brother and sister, save in exceptional circumstances or for scientifically proven welfare reasons.
The dam was not resident at a UK address at the date of whelping.
Please note that for the purposes of registration a UK address includes the mainland of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Litters whelped in the Republic of Ireland, Guernsey or Jersey must be registered with The Irish Kennel Club (IKC), The Guernsey Dog Club (GDC) or the Kennel Club of Jersey (KCJ) as applicable.
Exclusions to Online Service
Additions to an existing litter
Registration of a dog over 12 months of age
Naming a litter using more than one Kennel Name
Belgian Shepherd Dogs and Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) – in the case of a different breed being produced, i.e long coat
Dam is over the age of eight years old at the date of whelping
Dogs on the Activity Register
Loan of bitch agreements
Overseas stud dogs, including dogs recorded with an ATC number (Authority to Compete)
If you wish to register a litter involving any of the exclusions please send the appropriate paperwork to Client Services, The Kennel Club, 4 Alton House Office Park, Gatehouse Way, Aylesbury, Bucks HP19 8XU.
If submitting an application for registration of a dog over 12 months of age please include a covering letter.
Many of the forms you require are available to download from our website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcforms
If you need assistance in establishing the paperwork you require please visit our website or contact the Registrations Team on 0844 4633 980.
Registration Rules and Regulations (B Regs)
The General Committee shall maintain three separate registers:
The Breed Register for each pure breed dog of a breed that has been accorded full recognition by the Kennel Club. In special circumstances dogs of impure or unverified breeding may be entered, at the discretion of the General Committee, in the Breed Register in accordance with Regulation B2c.
The Imported Breed Register for each pure bred imported dog of a breed not previously recognised, or of a breed which has been accorded full recognition by the Kennel Club but in which there has been no registration activity for 10 years.
The Activity Register for dogs ineligible for registration on any other register.
2. The Breed Register
Breeds given full recognition by the Kennel Club (i.e. for the purpose of classification, registration, competition and entry in the Stud Book) are listed at Annex “A” of the Kennel Club Year Book and are categorised as the Sporting Group (Hounds, Gundogs, and Terriers) and the Non-Sporting Group (Utility, Working, Pastoral and Toys). Additionally certain sub-groups are also recognised, and are also listed at Annex “A”.
Subject to Regulation B21 no dog shall be entered in the Breed Register unless:
Its parents are entered in that register and as being of the same breed, or
It or its parents are entered in the corresponding register kept by a Kennel Club with which the Kennel Club has a reciprocal agreement, or which has full membership, associate membership or contract partnership of the F.C.I. and as being of the same breed, or
It or its parents are entered in a recognised Stud Book and shown as being of the same breed, or
As allowed by Regulation 2c below.
Dogs of breeds already fully recognised, whose breeding is either impure or unverified, may be accepted for registration on the Breed Register. The registration certificate for a dog so registered will be annotated with an asterisk to indicate impure or unverified breeding. Such dogs will be similarly identified in the Breed Records Supplement. Except for cases to which Regulation B21 applies applications to register a dog under this Regulation will only be considered if the dog has been bred under authority granted in advance by the General Committee.
3. The Imported Breed Register
The General Committee may accept for entry in the Imported Breed Register an imported dog of a previously unrecognised breed if the dog is imported from a country either having a Kennel Club with which there is reciprocal agreement or which has full membership of the FCI or where there is a Breed Club maintaining a Stud Book and acceptable to the Kennel Club.
A breed given imported Breed Register status may be transferred to the Breed Register at a later date at the discretion of the General Committee Applications to transfer a breed from the Imported Breed Register to the Breed Register should be made to the General Committee by the appropriate Breed Club in accordance with the guidelines most recently published.
Foreign breeds, previously eligible for entry on the Breed Register will be transferred to the Imported Breed Register in accordance with Regulation B1b where there has been no registration activity for 10 years.
Breeds on the Imported Breed Register will be de-classified if there has been no registration activity within the breed over a ten year period.
Breeds already recognised by the General Committee for entry on the Imported Breed Register are identified at Annex “A”.
4. The Activity Register
Subject to any special circumstances the General Committee will allow any dog of any ancestry to be registered on to the Activity Register.
Dogs registered on the Activity Register are eligible for competition in obedience classes, working trials, agility tests, flyball competitions and heelwork to music competitions.
The progeny of dogs registered on the Activity Register are eligible for registration in this register only, regardless of the fact that one or other parent may be registered in the Breed Register.
5. Registration - General
An application to register a dog or litter, transfer, re-register, change or cancel the name of a dog, endorse a registration or register a Kennel Name must be made on the official forms provided by the Kennel Club, and by payment of the fee then current. All puppies in a litter must be registered by name on a single form, and within twelve months of birth. Applications to register litters more than twelve months old, or to register additional puppies omitted at the time of initial registration, will be considered for registration only in special circumstances.
6. Naming - General
Guidance as to the naming of dogs is given on the relevant application form. Particular attention is drawn to the use of Kennel Names.
7. Kennel Name
The holder(s) of a Kennel Name granted by the General Committee has the sole right, so long as the Kennel Name is maintained, to use the Kennel Name as part of a dog’s name when registering a litter or changing the name of a dog. The procedure by which a Kennel Name is chosen, granted, used and maintained is given on the relevant application form.
8. Change of Name
a. Addition of a Kennel Name. Subject as mentioned below, the registered name of a dog may normally be changed once only, and only by the addition of the owner’s Kennel Name to the existing name in accordance with Regulation B7 and the notes given on the application form. However, the name of a dog cannot be changed more than thirty days after the date of the first award which qualifies that dog for entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book.
Removal of a Kennel Name.
If a dog is transferred back to the ownership of the original breeder(s), a Kennel Name added to its name as per sub-para 8a above, may be removed at the request of the original breeder(s). However, this may only be done provided that:
The written consent of the person(s) who added the Kennel Name is obtained.
The dog has not gained entry into the Kennel Club Stud Book.
Once a Kennel Name has been removed, no further alterations or amendment to the name will be permitted.
Changing the original name. In exceptional circumstances, consideration may be given to changing a dog’s name on application by the breeder provided that:
Such application is made within three months from the date of registration, and
The application is supported by the registered owner (if other than the breeder), and
The application meets the requirements detailed on the application form.
9. Naming of Imported Dogs
The name of an imported dog already registered with an organisation recognised by the Kennel Club cannot be changed except by the addition of the owner’s registered Kennel Name in accordance with Regulation B7. An application for change of name in such circumstances will be accepted free of charge if made at the time of importation. No further change of name will be allowed. In addition, the letters IMP shall appear as a suffix after the dog’s name on the registration certificate of all imported dogs (application for whose registration should be made in accordance with Regulation B13).
10. Naming of Dogs Already Registered Within the British Isles
The name of a dog already registered with an Organisation within the British Isles, recognised by the Kennel Club, cannot be changed on registration with the Kennel Club, except either by addition of the owner’s registered Kennel Name in accordance with Regulation B7 or by the addition of another word to the name in the case of a dog previously registered under a single word name. Letters denoting the Club or Organisation with which the dog was originally registered shall appear as a suffix after the dog’s name on the registration certificate as authorised by the General Committee. A list of the letters currently in use denoting the relevant Organisation is attached at Annex “B”. Applications to register such dogs shall be made in accordance with Regulation B14.
If a registered dog dies before it has been entered for a trial or show or has been bred from, the General Committee may cancel the name on application by the registered owner.
General. The registered owner of a dog may, whilst the dog is still in his physical possession, apply to place one or more endorsements on a dog’s records and to have the registration certificate annotated accordingly. The endorsements which may be placed as follows:–
Progeny not eligible for Registration
Not eligible for the issue of an Export Pedigree
Conditions. The following conditions shall apply to the placing and removal of endorsements:
When a dog whose registration is endorsed is transferred to a new ownership, the endorsement(s) will be maintained. However, the person who placed the endorsement(s) must obtain written and signed confirmation from the new owner(s), at or before the date on which the dog is physically transferred, that the new owner(s) is aware of the endorsement(s), regardless of whether or not the endorsed registration certificate is available. If requested, the person(s) who placed the endorsement must be able to produce a copy of such confirmation.
If the endorsement is not drawn to the new registered owner’s notice, and an acknowledgement in writing of the endorsement, signed at the date of transfer by the new owner, is not obtained, then any conflict regarding notice of the endorsement will be resolved in favour of the new registered owner. The endorsement will remain on the register, unless a successful application is made by the new owner of the dog under Regulation B.12.b(3) below.
If the new registered owner of a dog did not have notice of the endorsement, that person may apply to the General Committee of the Kennel Club who will resolve in their discretion whether or not the endorsement should lapse. Any endorsement may be lifted only with permission in writing of the endorser or of a person with the due authority from the endorser (in the event the endorser cannot give permission due to death or incapacity) or by resolution of the General Committee.
Regulations B12b 1), 2) and 3) only apply where the registered owner who originally placed an endorsement on a dog's record, transfers the dog to a new ownership. If subsequent transfers take place, the endorsement becomes a matter between the parties involved. In such cases the registered owner placing the endorsement shall not be responsible if notification of the endorsement is not given to any new owner, and may exercise his right to decide whether the endorsement be maintained or removed subject to (5) below.
The General Committee reserves the right to impose, remove or Maintain any endorsement. In particular the General Committee reserves the right to impose an additional endorsement “not eligible for entry in any event held under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations, nor any unlicensed event recognised by the Kennel Club”.
The General Committee reserves the right to impose the additional endorsement “not eligible for entry at Kennel Club licensed Breed Shows or unlicensed Breed events recognised by the Kennel Club”.
13. Imported Dogs
Registration. The conditions under which imported dogs may be registered are as follows:
Dogs of breeds already fully recognised, imported from countries having a Kennel Club with which the Kennel Club has a reciprocal agreement or which has full membership of the F.C.I. or where there is a recognised Stud Book may be entered in the Breed Register. In other cases such dogs may only be registered at the discretion of the General Committee.
Dogs of unverified breeding may only be entered in the Breed Register in accordance with Regulation B2c.
Dogs of breeds not fully recognised for the purposes of the Breed Register may only be entered in the Imported Breed Register and only in accordance with Regulation B3a.
Documentation. Applications to register imported dogs must be accompanied by:
A copy of the official export pedigree as supplied by an organisation in the country of export recognised by the Kennel Club, unless the dog is being registered under the provisions of B2c. This export pedigree should show the registered ownership of the person importing the dog.
If the export pedigree does not show the registered ownership of the person importing the dog, the applicant should send a copy of the registration certificate issued by the Kennel Club of the country from which the dog is being imported in the importer’s name.
Quarantine. In the case of dogs entering the country, and subject to quarantine, applications to register the dog may be made whilst it is in quarantine. However, registration itself will not take place until the dog has left quarantine.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Dogs entering the country either under the existing Quarantine Regulations or the Traded Dogs Regulations (Balai Directive) or the Pets Passport Scheme, must do so strictly in accordance with DEFRA Regulations. The required documentation should be retained by the person importing the dog, and must be available if requested.
Dogs already in the United Kingdom, for competition purposes, having obtained an Authority to Compete (ATC) number, which subsequently become resident in the United Kingdom, will need to be fully registered. Applications for registration should be made on application forms provided for that purpose.
14. Dogs Already Registered
A dog already registered with another Organisation within the British Isles recognised by the Kennel Club may be accepted for registration on the Breed Register. Copies of the appropriate registration/transfer certificate and official pedigree as issued by the relevant Organisation should accompany the application. Dogs so registered shall be named in accordance with Regulation B10.
15. Dogs Being Exported
On application and payment of the appropriate fee the Kennel Club will provide a certified three generation export pedigree in respect of a dog registered prior to its leaving the United Kingdom. If the dog has not already been registered in the ownership of the first overseas consignee, application for transfer should be made at the time at which application is made for the export pedigree.
16. Multiple Matings
If a bitch is served by more than one dog of the same breed as herself in the same heat, the identity of the correct sire of each puppy in the litter must be established via DNA testing in order to register the resulting progeny.
17. Artificial Insemination
Breeding by artificial insemination, with a view to Kennel Club registration, must be conducted in line with the requirements set out from time to time by the General Committee.
The breeder of a litter is the owner of the dam at the time of whelping unless a variation to this definition has been effected pursuant to the Regulations for Loan or Use of a Bitch for Breeding Purposes as set out at Annex “C”
19. Dogs with Cropped Ears
Registration. – The General Committee will not accept for registration:
Any dog with cropped ears unless born and cropped outside the jurisdiction of the Kennel Club and before registration with the Kennel Club.
The progeny of any dog banned from registration in Regulation B19a(1).
Cancellations. – If any dog is registered in contravention of Regulation 19a, or has its ears cropped after registration, the registration will be cancelled as will the registration of the progeny of any such dog. Furthermore, the owner at the time of cropping of any such dog may be liable to action under Kennel Club Rule A42.
Provision. – No dog with cropped ears shall be eligible to take part in any Kennel Club licensed activity
20. Dogs for Competition
Dogs entered for any form of Kennel Club competition i.e. Show Classes, Field Trials, Gundog Working Tests, Obedience Tests, Working Trials, Agility and Flyball Competitions must be registered in the name of the person(s) making the entry. If, at the closing date for entries, the owner(s) have applied for but have not received the Kennel Club registration certificate, the dog shall be entered in the name shown as the first choice on the application form for registration and the name should be followed by the letters “N.A.F” (Name Applied For). In the case of applications for transfer of ownership and change of name, the dog should be entered “T.A.F.” (Transfer Applied For) or “C.N.A.F.” (Change of Name Applied For) where application has been made but not received. Dogs are exempt from registration in the following cases:
Dogs either exhibited exclusively in classes specially exempted by the General Committee or in special classes sanctioned by the General Committee.
Hounds belonging to recognised packs.
In certain instances Regulation B2b may be varied on the authority of the General Committee. The breeds concerned are listed in Annex “D”.
22. Control of Registrations
The following additional provisions will apply:
The General Committee may reject any application made under these Regulations and may cancel or suspend any registration or grant of a Kennel Name already made and may instruct any registration to be made.
Specifically, the General Committee may suspend the registration of any dog which is banned from participation in any Kennel Club licensed event as a result of a biting incident. The same provision shall apply to any registered dog which is the subject of a successful criminal or civil action in the courts as a result of a biting incident.
The General Committee will not accept an application to register a litter when:
The dam has already whelped six litters, or
The dam has already reached the age of 8 years at the date of whelping, or
The dam was under one year old at the time of mating.
The offspring are the result of any mating between father and daughter, mother and son or brother and sister, save in exceptional circumstances or for scientifically proven welfare reasons.
Relief from the restriction set out in B22c(2) may be considered by the General Committee normally provided application is made prior to the mating, and the proposed dam has previously whelped at least one other registered litter. Any such application must be supported by veterinary evidence as to the suitability of the bitch involved in the proposed whelping.
In the event that a breeder is required by law to obtain a breeding licence, that breeder may be required to produce his/her licence to the Kennel Club. If such licence is not produced and/or no reasonable explanation is given, any applications to register litters may be refused.
Any person suspended and/or disqualified under Kennel Club Rule A42j (4) and / or (8) may not be permitted to transfer their dog(s) or their Kennel Name to other ownership during the currency of the suspension / disqualification: the same will also apply while a complaint is under investigation.
As a condition of acceptance of the recording or maintenance of a registration made under these regulations, The General Committee reserves the right to require that DNA profiles be obtained for the parents/and or all/any puppies involved in a registered litter or for such litter to be satisfactorily verified by DNA parentage testing, if deemed necessary.
Any person claiming Kennel Club registration in an advertisement for a dog or its progeny may only include recognised Kennel Club qualifications in support of such advertisements.
24. Compliance with Kennel Club Rules and Regulations
A person applying for any form of registration is deemed to be and remain bound by Kennel Club Rules and Regulations as amended from time to time.
General Code Of Ethics
All breeders who register their puppies, and new owners who register ownership of their dogs with the Kennel Club, accept the jurisdiction of the Kennel Club and undertake to abide by its general Code of Ethics.
Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.
Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon who performs an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural conformation of the animal, or who carries out a caesarean section on a bitch, may report such operations to the Kennel Club.
Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes.
Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.
Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.
Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or to the breed.
Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.
Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home.
Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.
Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change.
Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.
Will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog, and will agree, in writing, to forward any relevant documents at the earliest opportunity, if not immediately available.
Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly or indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind. Will not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration certificates as stand alone items (not accompanying a dog).
Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or quality of a dog.
Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from club membership, and/or disciplinary action by the Kennel Club and/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate.