BERNESE BUYER BEWARE
For a puppy to be sold as a purebred, it must be eligible to be registered with the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC). This is the law in Canada.
If a breeder claims that the puppies they are selling are purebred, you are legally entitled to a CKC Registration Certificate at no extra cost.
The sale of purebred dogs is governed by the federal Animal Pedigree Act (APA).
Selling a puppy without papers automatically makes it non-purebred.
If a certificate of registration is NOT provided by the seller within six months of the date of sale, the buyer can lay an Information Charge against the seller for violation of the APA.
Article 64. (h) of the APA states: "No person shall offer to sell, contract to sell or sell, as a purebred of a breed, any animal that is not registered or eligible to be registered as a purebred by the association authorized to register animals of that breed."
The penalty for violation of the APA is a fine of up to $50,000.00.
If your puppy is not registered, it cannot compete in any purebred competitions (obedience, draft work, showing, etc,). Any offspring from a non-registered dog are not considered purebred.
If the parents are purebred Bernese Mountain Dogs, there is no excuse for selling unregistered Bernese Mountain Dogs. Registering a litter costs the breeder approximately $32 dollars a puppy. If puppies are being sold unregistered, ask to see the parents registration certificates and make sure the owner has the breeding rights for the parents.
A Reliable and Reputable Breeder will NOT sell unregistered puppies. Choose your breeder carefully.
See CKC Website for more information.