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​CKC Statement Re: October 13 CBC News Story

As the primary registry body for purebred dogs in Canada, The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) advocates for the interests of purebred dogs and their responsible owners and breeders in Canada. We also work with all levels of government regarding legislative changes impacting areas such as responsible dog ownership, dangerous dog legislation, responsible breeding practices, and the mass importation of unhealthy dogs.
 
Since the beginning of the pandemic, CKC and our member breeders have seen an unprecedented interest in purebred puppies. This increased interest has given a real boost to purebred dogs, yet, at the same time, demand has also given rise to the proliferation of unscrupulous breeders, puppy brokers and puppy scams. As a result, CKC continues to remind puppy buyers to follow our tips on how to find an accountable breeder, including reaching out to CKC-recognized national breed clubs for recommended CKC member breeders in your local area.
 
The mass importation of unhealthy dogs heightened by the increased demand for puppies during the pandemic remains of grave concern to CKC and we continue to work with organizations including the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the American Kennel Club and the National Animal Interest Alliance, to strengthen dog importation regulations that protect animal and public health from the risks associated with mass dog importation. We also work with all levels of government in the development of legislation that targets irresponsible breeders. In addition, CKC continues work on a new Breeder Certification Program and will provide further details once available.
 
Most recently, CKC was interviewed by CBC Investigates regarding dog importation and the presence of some questionable sellers on the Puppy List. The Puppy List—a searchable database that provides contact information for CKC member breeders—has been a valuable tool to showcase some of our many dedicated and passionate CKC member breeders, and a handy resource for excited puppy buyers to peruse in anticipation of a new, beloved family member. We are very concerned that some questionable sellers may be retailing unhealthy, imported puppies on the Puppy List.
 
Please note that Anastassia Kibzoun is no longer listed on the Puppy List. Ms. Kibzoun voluntarily agreed to be removed from the Puppy List. We will be reaching out to CKC member, Ms. Comeau-Watson to investigate her claims further.
 
We have heard your concerns and are committed to reviewing/amending policies and controls related to the Puppy List. We vow to improve the value it brings, to maintain the support and loyalty you have entrusted to CKC.
 
As the national canine authority in Canada, we remain committed to our members and the public, and aim to playing a greater role in improving the health and welfare of all dogs. 

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