There are interesting discussions on several different internet forums and blogs about health testing and how unregistered puppies add to the difficulty of knowing quite how many cavalier puppies are born every year.

A well known breeder has just chided a newcomer for suggesting that this is againt the Cavalier Club's Code of Best Practice ( formerly called their 'Code of Ethics' and still widely described as such )

The breeder maintained that:

"when it comes to relevant paperwork for a puppy bred by a CKCS Club member, this is how the Club version reads:

" All members who breed or exhibit must at the time of sale furnish the new owner with a diet sheet, a record of all inoculations and wormings carried out. The pedigree, Kennel Club registration and signed transfer documents shall also be supplied, UNLESS A WRITTEN AGREEMENT IS MADE AT TIME OF SALE THAT THE PAPERS ARE TO BE WITHHELD AND/OR CONDITIONS IMPOSED "

This is incorrect and the cavalier club committee member is quoting from an out of date version ( in fact it is the old C of E ) to make an erroneous point.

The paragraph quoted did not allow for puppies to remain unregistered. In fact both the old & new versions had the same conditions. ALL puppies should be registered with the KC. They can be endorsed if it is thought necessary.

I have added the relevant part of the new Code of Best Practice:

  • Register with the Kennel Club all surviving puppies by the time they reach the age of twelve months.

  • Endeavour to obtain a Restricted Registration certificate to prevent breeding from any puppy exhibiting such faults that are or may be of a hereditary nature, so that to breed from such a dog may be detrimental to the dog itself or to the breed in general.

  • Not part with a puppy under the age of eight weeks to a new owner.

  • Will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog, and will agree, in writing, to forward any relevant documents at the earliest opportunity, if not immediately available unless a written agreement is made at time of sale that papers are to be withheld and/or conditions imposed. (Refer to KC Code, item 12)

  • Will supply written details of all dietary requirements, a record of all inoculations and worming carried out and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home. (Refer to KC Code, item 11)

  • Should not, under any circumstances, make false or exaggerated claims that cannot be substantiated, for example, about future prospects of puppies, quality of breeding stock, or record of show wins.

  • Use best endeavours to ensure that all stock is healthy at time of sale, unless agreed otherwise and put in writing and acknowledged by the purchaser, such stock having been checked for known hereditary and other health problems and the purchaser being given full access to the results.