Breed Register (Pedigree)

Breed Register Pedigree © Karen Ratseywoodruff

The Kennel Club's registration system is akin to Somerset House for people - it is a simple record of a puppy's birth and provides a number of benefits supporting responsible dog ownership. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme, on the other hand, is similar to a 'kitemark' that shows the breeder has agreed to follow recommended breeding guidelines. They make use of mandatory health screening schemes, such as testing for hip problems and eye conditions, which helps owners to predict the future health of their puppy.

A dog is eligible to be registered when:

  • both the dogs parents are of the same breed, currently recognised by the Kennel Club
  • the breeder is the registered owner of the dam
  • the dog was born within the UK
  • only the breeder of the dog may apply to register puppies bred

Details of dog breeds currently registered by the Kennel Club can be found in the Breed Information Centre.

Some litters can now be registered online or alternatively you can download the Litter Registration Form (form 1) from the Kennel Club's website. If completing the paper application, the owner of the stud dog will also need to sign the registration form. In addition, application forms are always available from the Kennel Club direct, along with any advice you may need. It is best if you register your puppies as soon as possible to make sure that the relevant documents are available for the new owner at the time of sale.


The benefits of owning a Kennel Club Registered dog are:

  • Owners know a KC registered pedigree dog will display the characteristics of the breed, in both looks and temperament.
  • Registering with the Kennel Club allows owners to show (at Kennel Club licensed shows) and breed from their dogs.
  • You can obtain a pedigree certificate for your dog - a unique record detailing your dog's family tree.

In order to show or breed from your dog, your dog needs to be registered in your ownership.

How to register your dog on the Breed Register

  1. Check with the breeder that they have registered the dog with the Kennel Club
  2. Ensure you receive the Registration Information Document for your dog from the breeder
  3. Change the ownership of the dog from the breeder into your name
  4. An Owners Registration Certificate will be sent out to you, confirming the dog in your registered ownership
  5. Add your dog's details to MyKC and see your dog's history and health throughout the year, plus lots of great offers exclusive to you and your dog
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