How do I register pedigree puppies with the Kennel Club?
You can register online using the Online Litter Registration
service via MyKC, or completing the Form 1 - Litter
The breeder is the person who owned the dam at the date
of birth of the puppies. The stud dog owner should complete their
details and sign the form.
Can any pedigree puppy be registered with the Kennel Club?
Both mother (dam) and father (sire) of the litter must be
registered with the Kennel Club. Ownership details of both parents
must be correct at time of mating for the stud dog and date of
birth for the dam.
Are there any restrictions that would prevent me from
registering my pedigree puppies?
Yes, if any of the following apply:
- The dam has already whelped 4 litters (as of the 1st January
2012 the limit changed from 6 litters to 4 litters). As of this
date the Kennel Club will no longer register any further litters
from any bitch which our records show has already whelped 4
litters. Therefore for any litter born on or after the 1st January
2012, the system will automatically check to see how many previous
litters the Kennel Club has an account of. Where the number
previously recorded is 4 or more, the application will be rejected,
- 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),
- 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, or
- The dam has already had two litters delivered by caesarean
section, save for scientifically proven welfare reasons and this
only normally provided the application is made prior to the mating,
- The dam was not resident at a UK address at the date of
- If either the dam or sire are endorsed with progeny not
eligible for registration (i.e. that there is a restriction on file
at the Kennel Club that prevents any puppies from being
registered). Please refer to your owner certificate if you are
unsure, the endorsement will be clearly displayed.
There are further Kennel Club Rules and Regulations that may
prevent a litter from being registered; the full Kennel Club Rules
and Regulations are contained in the Kennel Club Year Book.
Is there a time limit to register a puppy on the Breed
There is no time limit although we advise that the breeder
registers all the puppies in the litter at the same time at
approximately 4 weeks of age so that documents can be received and
passed to the new owner so they can complete change of registered
Additions to a litter or registering a puppy over 12 months of
age would be subject to a late registration fee.
My bitch has had 2 litters within a 12 month period, can I
register the litter?
The Kennel Club does not endorse this and would recommend at
least a year is given between litters, however we do understand
that in situations of accidents or if a bitch has irregular
seasons, a second application will be accepted. Breeders who breed
four or more litters per year must be licensed by their local
authority. Breeders with fewer litters must also be licensed if
they are carrying out a business of breeding dogs for sale.
From the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999:
Licensed breeders must:
- Not mate a bitch less than 12 months old.
- Not whelp more than six litters from a bitch (for litters born
in 2012, the limit will be restricted to four litters).
- Not whelp two litters within a 12 month period from the same
- Keep accurate records.
- Not sell a puppy until it is at least eight weeks of age, other
than to a keeper of a licensed pet shop or Scottish rearing
My bitch is under 12 months of age can I breed from her or
register a litter?
In line with the Breeding and Sale of Dogs Welfare Act 1999, the
Kennel Club cannot consider the registration of a litter from a
bitch that has been mated under 12 months of age.
My bitch is over 8 years of age can I register puppies?
The Kennel Club will normally only register a litter out of a
bitch that is over 8 years, provided prior permission has been
granted by the General Committee.
To request permission please complete the Bitch over 8
Permission form and submit with a letter from a veterinary surgeon
confirming that the bitch is in good health. Once reviewed, we will
advise if the application has been successful.
I have bred over 4 litters in a 12 month period, can I register
If you have bred over 4 litters in 12 months we would require a
copy of your Breeders Licence, obtained from your local council,
before we can register future litters.
How do I register a litter if an overseas sire has been
In order to register a litter, when the sire is registered
overseas, you will need to provide us with a certified copy of the
Three-Generation Pedigree issued by the overseas Kennel Club. This
will need to confirm the pedigree details and the current
registered ownership. We require this to be sent, with the litter
application form. There is a fee to record the sire. If the dog in
question has already been recorded, we require no fee or pedigree
to be sent, unless, the ownership has changed.
You would be unable to register the litter online if the sire
My bitch has had puppies overseas, how can I register?
If you reside outside of the UK any litters whelped would be out
of our jurisdiction and it would be advisable to contact the Kennel
Club of your country for advice on registrations.
Do you accept half brother and sister matings?
At present the only close matings we do not accept are:
- Father and Daughter
- Mother and Son
- Brother and Sister
We therefore would accept half brother and sister matings,
although it is always advisable to contact the Breed Club for
breeding advice and also check the current breeding regulations
with ourselves prior to mating.
What are the rules regarding naming of puppies?
There are several rules regarding the naming of puppies and a
guide to naming follows-
- A name must consist of more than one word but not exceed 24
letters (including a Kennel Name).
- A name which conflicts with an approved current Kennel Name
granted to another person will not be accepted.
- A registered name cannot be repeated within a breed.
- The surname of the applicant is not acceptable.
- A word cannot be repeated when naming puppies.
- If a Kennel Name is to be used when registering a litter, the
Kennel Name must appear as the first word in the name.
- Numbers in figures and initials are not acceptable &
abbreviations may be disallowed.
- Canine terms are not permissible e.g. 'dog', 'bitch', 'kennel',
'champion', 'Crufts' and specific names of breeds.
We advise you to use our online Dog Name check tool prior to
submitting a litter application.
How much does it cost to register?
The cost is £15 for each puppy to be registered. This
registration will remain on the Kennel Club breed database as a
permanent historical record of the breed.
Can you help me find new homes for my puppies?
The Kennel Club offers a Find A Puppy service to help you find
suitable homes for your puppies.
The service costs from £20.00 and your advert will appear on our
web site, once the litter is registered, for a period of two
months. You can request this service during the registration
process or contacting our Registrations Team on 0844 4633 980 once
the litter is registered.
How do I go about placing endorsements on my own puppies?
You can do this at the point of registration providing that the
dog is in your physical possession. You can place an endorsement by
completing the appropriate section on during the registration
process. The breeder must advise any prospective new owner in
writing that there is a restriction on the puppy prior to the puppy
being collected. (Any such agreement must be in writing and signed
by both the breeder and new owner). Details on endorsements can be
found in the Information Guide - Endorsements.
How long does it take for a litter registration?
As a guide please allow 14 days for the processing of
registration applications that have been completed correctly.
However, if there are any queries arising this may delay the
process. Please note that other additional services i.e. pedigrees
will be mailed out under separate cover.
How old does a male dog have to be before he can sire a
We do not have any age restrictions on using a dog for sire,
although it is advisable to ensure that any relevant health tests
have been completed before breeding. More details can be found in
our Information Guide - Using your dog at Stud.
What is the difference between a Registration Certificate and
Upon registering a litter of puppies you will automatically
receive a Registration Certificate for each puppy that has been
registered. The Pedigree Certificate can either show 3 or 5
Generations of the ancestry of the dog and can be likened to a
family tree. It is an additional item to your registration.