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About the CKC

Who We Are

About The Canadian Kennel Club

The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) is the primary registry body for purebred dogs in Canada and currently recognizes 175 breeds. As a non-profit organization, the CKC is dedicated to encouraging, guiding, and advancing the interests of purebred dogs and their responsible owners and breeders in Canada and promoting the knowledge and understanding of the benefits which dogs can bring to Canadian society.

The CKC is incorporated under Animal Pedigree Act, a federal statute under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food. The organization includes approximately 20,000 individual members and over 700 breed clubs across Canada. The Club registers purebred dogs, regulates dog shows and performance events, and speaks out on major issues concerning dog ownership and the health & welfare of dogs across Canada.

CKC Mission Statement 

Who we are
The Canadian Kennel Club is a national, member-based, non-profit organization, incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act of Canada. The Club's purpose is to serve its membership and the public by educating, supporting and guiding them in their canine-related endeavours.

The Canadian Kennel Club will service its membership and the community at large by giving support, understanding, help and guidance in all their canine-related endeavors. CKC will work so that members will be proud of their affiliation. The Club will recognize, promote, and publicize the actions of responsible breeders and owners.

The Canadian Kennel Club, with its members will be a dynamic service organization, a recognized authority for purebred dogs, and an advocate for all dogs. 

A dedication to, and love of, purebred dogs with a commitment to the on-going improvement in the health and well being of all dogs.

A belief in the value of dogs as an integral part of our lives, our society and the contributions dogs brings to our humanity.

A commitment to promote and advance the sport of purebred dogs and to inform, educate and expand public awareness as to the vast array of activities and opportunities for purebred dog enthusiasts.

A commitment to inform, educate and promote responsible ownership and responsible breeding practices undertaken for the preservation of breed characteristics while producing healthy well-socialized dogs, giving consideration to health issues and temperament and behaviour.

A commitment to protect and enhance the interests of our breeders, members, associated clubs and organizations and to deal with them with integrity, openness, honesty and compassion.

A dedication to high standards in upholding the integrity of our registry.

A commitment to uphold high standards of governance and management in the administration and operations of the Canadian Kennel Club.