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What are Rules of Eligibility?

As an association incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act, the CKC is required to establish Rules of Eligibility (ROE) for each breed it recognizes.
ROE are broad, key traits for each breed to be used for registration considerations only. Wording describes the most basic trait that will, to a person with no knowledge of the breed, enable that person to identify the breed. This may include size, coat colour, colour markings, coat texture/length, body, ear shape/placement, tail shape/carriage, feet, unique characteristics, and any genetic/observable variabilities.

For the purposes of the Rules of Eligibility (ROE), the following general categories of approximate size shall be applied. Height is from the highest point of the withers.
VERY SMALL up to 30cm (12”) up to 7kg (15lbs)
SMALL 30-38cm (12-15”) 7-18kg (15-40lbs)
MEDIUM  38-61cm (15-24”) 18-30kg (40-65lbs)
LARGE    61-76cm (24-30”) 30-36kg (65-80lbs)
VERY LARGE   over 76cm (30”) over 36kg (80lbs)


CKC currently has established 65 ROE:

Register to be eligible to cast your vote for the Rules of Eligibility for your Breed. Help CKC maintain breed integrity and standards by providing essential information on key traits and characteristics for Registration purposes. Registration will be opened from February 29, 2024-March 29, 2024, and after the registration period has closed you will be invited to participate in a survey on the Proposed Rules of Eligibility for your Breed.

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