What are Kennel Clubs?
A Kennel Club specialises in dog breeding of some specific dog breeds, actively promotes them, maintains breeds standards, and documents pedigrees of dogs. They also support certification of adult purebred dogs and puppies. A Breed Club is a Club that handles only a single breed. Though not many but Kennel Clubs focused on mixed breed dogs have also started to proliferate these days.
For e.g. The Kennel Club of India is a leading authority on registration of purebreds and also maintains a recognized registry of them. It issues pedigree papers or certifications for purebred dogs and also hosts a lot of prestigious dog shows in India.
Key utility of Kennel Clubs
Kennel Clubs started in mid-19th century driven by the need of an authority to certify the genuineness of a dog breed. Kennel clubs act more like guardians of a dog breed and a recognized authority for ensuring the genuineness of a dog’s breed. Good Kennel Clubs go to great efforts to ensure and document pedigree of the most expensive and purebred dogs.
Kennel Clubs also issue Championship and Challenge certificates to winning dogs in various dog shows.
Dog registration services provided by Kennel Clubs
Kennel Clubs allow registration of both Litter (puppies) as well as registration of Single Dog based upon paying of a certain service fee. Such certifications can be useful in case you want to sell the puppies or put it up for adoption. Most Kennel Clubs offer a microchip with all the pedigree information embedded in the chip. Anyone who scans the chip can readily know all the history and pedigree of the dog.
It is done for pups born to already registered dogs and bitches. If both the parents of the dog are already registered with the Club, you will get a certificate that assures the pedigree of the puppy.
Single dog registration:
It is done for those dogs whose parents are not registered with the concerned Kennel Club.
Benefits of registering your dog with a Kennel Club
- A registered dog has papers to prove it is a certified true pure breed, is genetically fit with no traits for known dog diseases with pedigree know to at least a few generations.
- A registered dog’s puppies can fetch a lot more price as prospective buyers have a lot more confidence in you.
- Registration also allows you to participate in dog shows and competitions.
- If your dog gets lost it can be found via the registration microchip chip embedded under its skin.