Choosing a Dog

Purchasing a purebred puppy can bring joy and happiness to you and your family for many years. However, the decision to purchase a dog should not be based on impulse. Taking a few minutes now to review the information provided here can help you choose the type of dog best suited for you. Our organization is the primary registry for purebred dogs in Canada and our membership has been providing guidance, support and information to purebred puppy buyers since 1888.

When considering the source of your new puppy, we encourage everyone to buy from a member in good standing of the Canadian Kennel Club. Each of our members acts as an independent breeder who has agreed to adhere to the CKC Code of Practice for Member Breeders. Within this code two aspects are important to new buyers:

  • CKC members have agreed to “provide their dogs with appropriate housing, food, and health care, as outlined in the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Code of Practice for Canadian Kennel Operations”.
  • CKC members have agreed to “include in their programs only Canadian Kennel Club registered (or registerable) stock which will strengthen the genetic pool and guarantee progression towards the ideals of the standard”.

The positive outcome of good breeding practices is pups that grow into physically and mentally sound dogs. The health of an individual dog will differ from the next, but, our member breeders take the quality of their animals very seriously.

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