On July 24, 2019, the CKC By-laws were approved by Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada to include an amendment to Section 28.10 Names, Subsections (c) and (d), which now reads as follows:
The following rules shall apply with respect to the naming of dogs:
(c) The registered name of a dog should be limited to thirty-five (35) characters, including spaces and punctuation. An additional fee will be incurred when more than thirty-five (35) characters are chosen to a maximum of fifty (50) characters;
(d) The name of a Canadian born dog that is CKC registered may be changed by the owner(s) up to one (1) year from the date of registration. This change will only be permitted with the written consent of the owner at birth. No change in the registered name will be allowed after the dog has whelped or sired a CKC registered litter or progressed towards any CKC title.
This amendment allows owners at birth greater flexibility in naming their dogs now that they are not limited to only thirty (30) spaces. It also allows for greater flexibility to change a dog’s name after the current restriction of sixty (60) days from the date of registration. Overall, this amendment will provide more lenience to owners in order for them to change the registered name of their dog.
Effective February 1, 2020, the CKC’s Schedule of Fees will be amended to include an additional fee of $10.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members when registering a Canadian born dog with a name containing more than thirty-five (35) characters to a maximum of fifty (50) characters (including spaces and punctuation). In the case where a previously registered dog’s name is being amended to include additional characters, this fee will apply in addition to an amendment fee as set out in the CKC’s Schedule of Fees.
Please be advised that up until January 31, 2020, the CKC will waive both of these fees.