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FAQ - Pedigrees & Registrations

What is a pedigree?

A pedigree is essentially a birth certificate for your dog showing the 3 generation family tree and also proves that your dog is in fact a purebred.  ANKC Certified pedigrees are also recognised pedigrees with the state government and local councils for the purpose or cheaper registration and desexing exemptions.

There are two different types – the blue coloured Main Register Pedigree and the yellow Limited Register pedigree - read more here

Main Register Pedigree (Blue)

This is the full register pedigree which allows a dog to be shown in conformation & performance events, and if there are no conditions against a dog, the dog can be used for breeding.  In the state of Victoria, to hold a blue main register pedigree you must be a financial member, otherwise transfer to the Limited Register will be required.

Limited Register Pedigree (Yellow)

Dogs on this pedigree are not eligible for breeding, export or conformation shows, however the dog can compete in performance related disciplines.  You do not need to join Dogs Victoria as member to transfer the dog into your ownership.

I’ve lost my pedigree, what can I do?

If you have lost your pedigree, you can apply for a duplicate with the required form. A duplicate can only be requested by the current owner as per our database.  Please note, a duplicate cannot be issued as a copy as there can only be one pedigree in existence at any time.  As an original statutory declaration is required on the rear of this form so this cannot be sent in via email or fax. The required form can be found under the member’s forms section.

Council wants to desex my dog, can Dogs Victoria help?

Dogs Victoria can only help if you have the following:

  • Certified pedigree Papers
  • Membership with Dogs Victoria

Please note, Dogs Victoria & Greyhound Racing Victoria are the ONLY recognised applicable organisations in Victoria for dogs and only pedigrees from these two associations are accepted by council. See below for an explanation.

What do you mean by Applicable Organisation?

As an Applicable Organisation, we produce an annual report and have a Code of Ethics that requires responsible pet ownership in compliance with the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and its related codes of practice.  This recognition also means that we have high standards of responsible pet ownership to whom the community can look to when buying a pet or when seeking advice on care of a pet and members of which are entitled to discount local council dog registration fees.  In addition, it is expected that, as an organisation, will take disciplinary action against members who do not comply with the organisation's code. 

Can I get a pedigree if my dog hasn’t been registered by a breeder of Dogs Victoria?

If your dog doesn’t hold a pedigree then you can register them on the Associate Register – but they are required to be desexed to do so.  Puppies cannot be registered if they were not bred by a member of Dogs Victoria or state body equivalent, or after 18 months of age.

Do I need to transfer my dog into my name?

Yes, even if you do not plan to breed, show or trial your dog, it is a good idea to transfer your dog into your name. It is also recommended in the case your dog is lost, a search on our database using the microchip number will show you as the owner of the dog making it possible to return your dog to you. This is also a good reason to notify our office when you move.

Transferring the dog also shows that you are the legal owner of the dog. Should you ever decide to breed or enter shows and require the registration certificate, the process will be much easier if you are already recorded as the owner on our system. Also, in the event you may lose your registration certificate you do not need to contact the breeder to apply for a duplicate certificate on your behalf.

How do I transfer a dog into my name?

To allow transfer of ownership we require the original pedigree to be lodged in our office together with the required payment. The form on the back of the pedigree must be completed with all signatures of present and new owners.

Depending on the pedigree type and whether you are a member or not will determine the cost associated, please refer to the scale of charges for this cost.  If you hold the Blue Certified Pedigree and you are not a member, then you will be required to join to keep the dog on that Certified Main Pedigree OR will be require to transfer to dog to the Limited Pedigree.  A Limited pedigree can be transferred a non-member.  Once transfer of ownership is done, we will then re-issue a brand new pedigree back out to the new owner.

What overseas Canine Controlling Bodies Pedigree’s do you recognise?

Dogs Victoria and the ANKC Ltd recognises the Overseas Canine Controlling Bodies listed here