I get a number of e-mails asking How to register a puppy/dog with the UK Kennel Club. The pup has been bought from a breeder that advertises as KC reg litter. The new owner hands over the money and picks up the pup, with a promise of the KC registration paperwork will follow (usually it is in the post).
After a waiting a while, they chase up the breeder and are given the story the paperwork has not arrived or a pedigree that they have created themselves.
The likelihood is the pup has not come from a KC registered breeder/bitch/dog and there is unlikely to be any paper work. They have been sold as Pedigree KC Reg in order to bump up the price. Once you know that you are not going to see the KC paperwork you look to see what you can do. The problem is, only the breeder is able to register the litter with the kennel club (http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk
Now for the hard bit, when you get in touch with the breeder (these people know what they are doing) they will either keep trying to fob you off or they will offer you a full refund on return of the pup. By this time you will be so attached to the pup that you will not want to be parted from the new member of the family.
I am not sure how the next parts pans out, but there is always trading standards or small claims court. Trading standards may be able to help, depending on where the pups were advertised. The problem with both of these is that being offered a full refund on the return of the pup is seen as a suitable out come in the eyes of the law. If you were sold a car without a log book, you would want to take it back, unless it was sold stating it did not have one. Unfortunately pups are seen as goods and will mostly get treated as such by any legal proceedings. The emotional pressure is what these breeders prey on.
What I would be looking to do is ply pressure on where the pups were advertised, local paper or shop, to try and stop them from allowing the breeder to sell their pups in that way again.I would be interested to hear how anyone in this situation has got on. I am only going by what I have sent to me by several different people as to their experiences.
The best way to ensure the pup is Kennel Club registered is to look at the pups listed on the Kennel Club web site http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/buying/index.html
(Please visit first as they have useful information there and do not forget the rescues) and http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/asp/PSAR/
From the Kennel Club web site:http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=1251&d=pg_dtl_art_news&h=239&f=0
What to expect from a breeder:
• If the dog is advertised as Kennel Club registered, you should make sure that you see the Kennel Club registration certificate for the puppy before you take the puppy home. If the registration certificate is not available when you take your puppy, ensure that you receive an undertaking in writing that this will be sent to you when received from the Kennel Club.
• It is the responsibility of the breeder to register the litter, which will be recorded in their name. The breeder will name all the puppies, and the names may include his/her Kennel Name.
• Under normal circumstances, the litter registration should take approximately 14 days. The certificates will then be returned to the breeder. If there is a query on the form or about the names chosen for the puppies, the Kennel Club Registration Department will contact the breeder to clarify the position.
• The breeder should hand you a blue Kennel Club Breeder Certificate, which includes all the puppy's details that are registered with the Kennel Club. Please make sure that the breeder has signed the transfer of ownership form on the back of the certificate and completed the date of sale field.