How to Get Registration Papers for Your Dog

Many people acquire a dog, or even a puppy, and wonder how they go about getting the registration papers for their pet. It is not uncommon for a person to buy a puppy and be told it is registered but to never get the registration papers. Just how does a new dog, or puppy, owner, go about getting registration papers for their pet?


What Should Happen

In most areas, under the law (The Pedigree Act) registration papers are to be provided at the point of sale, with the sale, for no additional charge to the buyer of the puppy or dog. That means that if you buy a puppy, or dog, that is listed as being a Purebred, the seller MUST provide registration papers at the time of sale, and cannot offer the dog for sale for one price “with papers” and one price “without papers”. All animals advertised as Purebred must have registration papers.


What Goes Wrong

Some unethical sellers have no intention of providing registration papers, and say they will “mail them”.

Some people will tell you the dog is a purebred, but simply not registered (under the law it must be registered to be called Purebred – so this is fraud).

Older dogs who have been sold, and resold (or lost and put for adoption) may be registered but have lost their papers.


How to Get Registration Papers for a Dog

You will not get registration papers from the Kennel Club, so do not waste your time contacting them, rather you must find the dogs original breeder and have them transfer registration papers to you.

To find the original breeder you can trace back by asking each earlier owner where they got the dog from. In some cases this is impossible to do and as well requires proof that the dog is indeed the same dog that came from the breeder.

The best way to trace the breeder is through permanent identification on a dog. Reputable breeders (and some less-than reputable breeders) always have their puppies marked, often with a tattoo, microchip or both. The tattoo can be traced to the breeder themselves (sometimes the microchip can as well).

A breeders tattoo will indicated which litter a puppy was from, and which puppy it was within that litter, as well as identifying the breeder themselves – you may need a veterinarian, dog club, or animal shelter to identify which breeder the tattoo traces to.  If the dog has no tattoo or microchip, only a blood test can confirm its parentage, but this is very costly.

From there the new owner can contact the breeder and the breeder may issue papers or track down who has the dogs papers. Worth noting, many breeders have contacts stating that their dogs cannot be resold without the breeders permission. In fact many breeders require that unwanted dogs be returned to them. Typically these contracts are not enforceable in a court of law, however they do give the breeder every right to withhold passing along new registration papers.

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Do you Need a Dog’s Registration Papers?

Registration papers do not prove the quality of the dog, only who its parents are, and, as such, its breed. Registration papers are required to get into a dog show for purebred dogs, and are required when breeding purebred puppies.

Some people try to get registration papers for a dog they intend to breed – however no dog should be bred until it has proven itself at shows, thus demonstrated that it is an excellent example of the breed, worthy of passing on its genetics, and has been tested by a veterinarian against any genetic health concerns (hips, eyes, ears).

If a person is not interested in showing a dog, or breeding it, then registration papers are not truly required.

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  1. Excellent article! Thanks for sharing.

  2. A nice entry

  3. Great information. Thanks.

  4. I hadn’t realised it could all become so complicated.

  5. Though I don’t have pets, but find this very useful for new dog owners.

  6. This is definitely a gr8 guide for dog owners.

  7. wow, I didn`t realize It was all so complicated. Good write up though.

  8. nice share

  9. Now, this is beyond me for one reason, nobody registers pets where I stay.

  10. I had never thought about it, the dogs I have owned have just been common breeds and I had no use for papers. Good information.

  11. It is good that you are making people aware of these things.

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