When buying a puppy which is advertised as a purebred or pedigree it is usual to be given a registration certificate from the official Kennel Club of the country where the puppy was bred. Puppies sold without a registration certificate should be a lot cheaper, mainly because there is no guarantee that the puppy is purebred. Neither can they enter shows or any puppies bred from them be registered.
Puppy farmers are increasingly using companies that sell puppies registration certificates that have no authority at all – their legality is questionable, it would need to be tested in the courts. Suffice to say that I could register a litter of non-existent puppies by choosing a breed and making up some names. This applies to all of the registration companies.
The reason puppy farmers use them is to persuade buyers who know no better that they are getting a document that has some official status. A company called Kennel Registration is one such company, which offers to register your puppies at a price of £8 each. There is absolutely no value in these certificates, relying totally on the information which the breeder enters. Transfer of ownership is even more expensive – £35. That’s a lot of money for a few bits of paper that are worthless. Check out what they offer here.
Dog Lovers Registration Club
This is similar to Kennel Registration – their site is here again charging £8 per puppy to register.
The Pedigree Pets Registration Club
This is more expensive. A whole litter can be registered for £8 but individual puppies cost £17 each and transfer of ownership is £10. Have a look at their site.
The Prestige Puppy Registration Club
Another company issuing pointless certificates, though I am unable to find any prices. You can visit their site here
Why Register Puppies with These Sites?
As I mentioned earlier, puppy farmers and backyard breeders tend to sell their puppies with certification from these companies. The details on the certificates are what the breeder chose to put – there is no guarantee that they are genuine. With a Kennel Club Registration all dogs in the pedigree are known to the Kennel Club.
- The only reasons for choosing these companies for registering puppies are bad ones
- The breeder has bred from a mother that is too old or too young
- The dog has already had the Kennel Club limit of litters
- This was the second litter within 12 months
- One or other of the parents is not registered with the Kennel Club
- The dog/s are registered but have been endorsed by their breeder as not to be bred from
- The “breeder” is reselling puppies from litters that have been bought from a puppy farmer
To sum up, there is no good reason to use the services of these companies. They are not significantly cheaper than the Kennel Club and do not offer any worthwhile benefits. If puppies are being sold with this type of registration ask the breeder why and request they be registered with the Kennel Club – which will, at least give you free insurance for a period. Doubtless they will have a reason but it’s hard to think of a convincing one.