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November 30, 2006 15:02 ET


Attention: Assignment Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 30, 2006) - "Dogs for Sale" classifieds are full this time of year. The Canadian Kennel Club, operating under the auspices of the federal Animal Pedigree Act as Canada's primary purebred dog registry needs to reinforce the following conditions with both buyers and sellers.

1. It is a federal offence to advertise and sell dogs as purebred if they are not. Purebred dogs must have registration papers provided by the seller at no additional cost and under federal law it is an offence to do otherwise. Don't buy a purebred dog being sold "with or without" papers or accept conditions to "get your own papers" or "pay extra for papers".
2. Purebred dogs must be uniquely identified (tattoo or microchip) before leaving the breeders premises otherwise it can not be registered by the Canadian Kennel Club. Registration papers guarantee your dog as purebred and that you are the legal owner.

Buyers must be thorough prior to making the purchase. Visit reputable breeders, shop around. Ask to see the parents of the puppy. Understand the guarantee and obtain a detailed receipt! Dogs as surprise gifts too often end up unwanted and unloved so never purchase on impulse. A purebred puppy can bring years of happiness when chosen wisely. Think it through and plan appropriately.

It would be a true Christmas gift if newspapers included the following at the head of their "Dogs for Sale" section:
"The Animal Pedigree Act makes it a federal offence to sell an animal of a registered breed as, PUREBRED, REGISTERED, or ELIGIBLE TO BE REGISTERED, if it is not."

/For further information: For interviews or further information contact:
Sonny, Allinson, Manager Communications Division
The Canadian Kennel Club

Contact Information

  • Sonny Allinson, Manager Communications Division, The Canadian Kennel Club
    Primary Phone: 416-674-3678