Breed Clubs/Organizations

National Breed Club

The Irish Wolfhound Club of Canada (as an example of a breed club) was formed to safeguard and protect the best interests of the breed by encouraging through selective breeding, the highest possible quality of soundness and conformation to standard, and in addition, to maintain the present outstanding temperament of the Irish Wolfhound. The Irish Wolfhound Club of Canada also serves to acquaint the general public with the natural fine qualities of these dogs, as well as offering members an opportunity to meet with others who share the same enthusiasm for the breed. By pooling knowledge and experience the Club offers a valuable source of help and guidance for new and prospective owners.

National Club for All-Breeds

The Canadian Kennel Club (C.K.C.) represents the interests of all dogs in Canada. Membership in the C.K.C. is open to anyone who has a sincere interest in dogs. There are many local clubs affiliated with the C.K.C. which sponsor dog shows and many others.


Purebred dogs are registered at birth with the National Club of the owner's country or residence, in Canada with the Canadian Kennel Club, Registration Division.

Pedigree vs Registration

The pedigree shows the family lineage or ancestry of the dog. The Registration Certificate is issued by the Canadian Kennel Club confirming the identity and the registration of the dam and sire of the dog, and gives the dog an individual registration number.

NOTE: It is illegal in Canada to make an extra charge for registration papers.


For detailed information about exhibiting dogs in conformation and/or obedience shows contact the Canadian Kennel Club for Dog Show and Obedience Rules.

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