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What Happens If You Breed A Dog Without Breeding Rights?

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If you want to learn more about breeding rights for dogs, then you have come to the right place. Anyone can breed dogs, but in order to do it legally, there are some laws and regulations that are in place that you will need to follow. You will also need to comply with contractual and local obligations. 

It is generally irresponsible to sell puppies without breeding rights unless this is something that is made clear in the contract that is signed by the buyer. Without breeding rights, puppies cannot be registered with a kennel club.

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It is essential to be aware of the rules and regulations that are in place as both a breeder and a buyer, so you don’t get caught out later down the line. We will explain everything you need to know about breeding rights in this article.

What Are Breeding Rights?

Breeding rights are the rights that you possess in order to be able to breed and register any puppies that are born with kennel clubs. Breeding rights can be used by dog breeders to help control the development of a bloodline when the dog is being sold to a third party.

It is essential to have breeding rights in place, as you can otherwise face problems in the future if you want to breed the puppies. When it comes to the American Kennel Club, there are two types of registration: limited and full.

Limited registration is when you cannot breed the purchased dog, and under the seller’s circumstances, the dog must be spayed or neutered. Full registration is when you will have the rights to breed the dog, but this type of registration does cost more.

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Why Do I Need Breeding Rights to Breed My Dog?

If you are new to the breeding scene, you might not know why breeding rights are in place. However, breeding rights are really important as they fulfil an important role when it comes to breeding healthy and ethical dogs. We will explain why breeding rights are so important below.

They Help to Control the Bloodline

Lots of dog breeders will dedicate their time and money to building a bloodline through multiple generations. This is something that requires a lot of patience and research, but breeders will be able to yield excellent results. 

These dogs are typically sold for more than other dogs, and each dog becomes an ambassador to the original breeder and bloodline. This is one reason the breeder might deny breeding rights for the puppies sold, as it allows the original breeder to control the bloodline.

However, if you were to remove the breeding rights to a puppy that you sell, the price will often need to be lowered as the next owner will be unable to breed or stud their new dog in the future.

Prevents Unnecessary Health Problems

Due to selective breeding, a reputable and ethical breeder would never bring breeding rights to a puppy that has health defects. It is the responsibility of the breeder to prevent certain diseases and defects from affecting future generations. 

Breeding rights will confirm that you can breed your puppy in the future without any issues, as it shows that your dog is free of congenital defects and diseases. 

What Paperwork is Needed to Breed a Dog?

Now that you know what breeding rights are and how they can help breeders produce healthy dogs, you might be looking to find out what paperwork is needed to breed your dog. 

Full Registration

In order to breed your dog, you will need to have full registration, as this will certify that your puppy is healthy and allowed to procreate. This will mean that you have breeding rights, and your dog and its puppies will be registered through the American Kennel Club scheme.

Certificate of Ownership

The dog breeder will also need to prove that they are the dog’s legal owner, which is why they will need a valid certificate of ownership. This will need to be registered in your name, and there are many legal services that can do this for you. 

Health Certification

You will need to ensure that your dog is suitable for reproducing. To do this, you should test your dog’s health to make sure that they are free of congenital diseases. To get health certification, your dog will have to go through genetic testing, evaluations, and other inspections that target the specific issues of the breed. 

Once they have been inspected in America, the results will be submitted to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. If they are certified as normal, then they will be added to the database, and you will be provided with a number that certifies that your puppy meets the breed standards. 

Health Records

As well as health certifications, it is also useful to have health records. This will mean that you can show potential buyers the complete medical history of your pet, which allows you to prove that they are healthy and suitable for reproducing.

This will also provide proof that all of your dog’s vaccines are up to date. Potential buyers may request these documents, so it is always beneficial to have them to hand.


A Pedigree Certificate will prove that your puppy is purebred, which will mean that you can sell your dog as authentic. This certificate displays the lineage of your dog, which will provide accurate information on their ancestry through the last 3 generations.

In most instances, the buyer will want this certificate as it shows that you are selling a healthy puppy that complies with the requisites of a purebred.


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Kerry White is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Kerry has been writing for PetDT for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners.Kerry has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Kerry knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.