Why buy a NZKC registered Dog?
If you are a member or wish to become a member
of the New Zealand Kennel Club, and your dog is also registered
with the club, you can join with other dog lovers and participate,
with your dog, in activities of the NZKC and associated clubs.
A dog registered with the New Zealand Kennel Club
has been registered by the dog's breeder. The breeder will be the
owner or part owner of the dam (mother) and both parents of the
dog will also be registered with the New Zealand Kennel Club. Therefore
when you buy a registered dog, you will be able to know a lot about
your dog, its pedigree and its breed - where it has come from, how
it is likely to behave, what its temperament should be and other
The New Zealand Kennel Club Purebred Dog Registry is a “closed”
register, i.e. only dogs that are the progeny of dogs already registered
with the New Zealand Kennel Club can be registered on it. Only the
breeder can register a dog born in New Zealand with the New Zealand
Dogs born overseas can also be added to the register
if they are registered with an overseas Canine Control recognised
by the New Zealand Kennel Club and that control issues a Certified
Export Pedigree for that dog. Limitations on showing or breeding
a dog can be imposed by endorsing in the registration of the dog.
Obedience and Agility Register
Any dog not registered on the purebred register can be registered
with the New Zealand Kennel Club for the purpose of competition
in obedience, working trials or agility fixtures if the owner is
a financial member of the New Zealand Kennel Club and an appropriate
registration application is completed.
Outline of Registration
For puppies whelped (born) in New Zealand:
- Only the breeder can register a dog.
- The breeder must be a current financial member of the New Zealand
- The breeder must be the owner of the dam of the litter, that
The breeder/s must be the owner/s of a registered Kennel Name.
- The outright owner, or
- If the dam is jointly owned, all the owners, or
- The lessee of the bitch under a New Zealand Kennel Club registered
Both the sire and dam of the litter must be registered with
the New Zealand Kennel Club.
A completed Combined Certificate of Service and Litter Notification
should be lodged with the New Zealand Kennel Club within 28 days
of the date of whelping.
The breeder should lodge a completed application to register
the individual dogs in the litter already notified with the New
Zealand Kennel Club within 1 year of whelping.
Extensions of Time
The time for lodging a Combined Certificate of Service and Litter
notification can be extended to one year from the date of whelping
upon payment of a special late fee.
The time for registering an individual dog whelped in New Zealand
can be extended to two years from the date of whelping upon payment
of a special late fee, provided the litter was notified within one
No other extensions are permitted.
Certificate of Ownership
A Certificate of Ownership is issued for every dog registered by
the New Zealand Kennel Club. This contains a three generation pedigree
of the dog and shows the name and address of the current owner.
On the reverse there is a transfer of ownership of the dog. If the
dog is sold this form should be used.
Transfer of Ownership of
Any dog registered with the New Zealand Kennel Club at the date
of sale or sold with the undertaking that it will be registered
with the New Zealand Kennel Club must be transferred to the new
owner within 14 days of the date of sale. A sale includes sale,
exchange, gift or other disposition.
A transfer is completed in any of the following ways:
- Completing the transfer form on the registration application
at the time of registration, or
- Completing the transfer form on the reverse of the dog registration
- Completing a separate transfer form (Application for
Change of Ownership).
The signature of the new owner is only required
- The dog is being endorsed at the time of transfer.
- The transfer is from existing owner(s) in partnership with
the existing owner(s).
It is the responsibility of the person selling
a dog to complete the registration of the transfer and pay the transfer
fee. Upon registration of a transfer the new owner receives a new
Certificate from the New Zealand Kennel Club.
Endorsement of the Registration
of a Dog
Endorsements are restrictions on the use of a dog placed at the
time of sale. The most common are ‘Not to be bred from and/or
shown’ and can be ‘lifetime’ endorsements that
can never be lifted. Endorsements without the lifetime restriction
can be lifted in certain circumstances. There are several other
types of endorsements. Further details are on the transfer forms
and full details in Registration Regulations. Breeders placing endorsements
on puppies use a special form lodged with their applications. The
New Zealand Kennel Club recommends the endorsement of all puppies
sold as pets.
Registration of Imported Dogs
- The owner registers the imported dog. This can be done at any
time or age of the dog.
- The owner must be a current financial member of the New Zealand
- An overseas Canine Control recognised by the New Zealand Kennel
Club, must issue a Certified Export Pedigree for the dog showing
the applicant as registered owner and giving a New Zealand address.
This must be produced to the New Zealand Kennel Club.
Exceptions and Restrictions
There are exceptions, modifications and restrictions on these general
principles. These are contained in Registration Regulations.
Fees are payable on most applications and an application cannot
be accepted unless accompanied by the appropriate fee. A current
list of fees is available from the New Zealand Kennel Club. If in
doubt contact the New Zealand Kennel Club for assistance.
The New Zealand Kennel Club is available to help you if you require
assistance. Telephone during office hours 8.30 am to 4.30 pm weekdays
or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org