Registry Regulations

3. REGISTRY REGULATIONS

3.1 Registered Kennel Name/Affix 

 a) A potential ITR Breeder will submit a request to an ITR Registrar to register their desired Kennel Name/Affix. 

b) Once the desired Kennel Name/Affix is reserved no other person will be allowed to use that Kennel Name/Affix nor register any puppies under that Kennel Name/Affix. 

c) A Kennel Certificate will be issued upon request 

d) The fee for a Kennel certificate can be found on the Fee Schedule and is subject to change. 

e) If no puppies have yet been registered under that Kennel Name/Affix, a breeder may submit a request to an ITR Registrar to change their registered Kennel Name/Affix, along with an explanation outlining the reasons for the change. 

f) Changing a Kennel Name/Affix will be subject to approval by the ITR Committee of Breeders (CoB). If a new Kennel Certificate is requested the same fee as above will apply. 

3.2. Official Naming of Puppies (for the Registration Certificate) 

The registered name for each puppy must meet the following requirements: 

a) All letters in a puppy’s name are limited to the Standard English alphabet. The only punctuation marks permitted in a dog’s name are Apostrophes (‘) and Hyphens (-). 

b) Each puppy’s name must include the breeder’s registered Kennel Name/Affix either at the beginning or at the end of the name. 

c) Obscenities and words that are considered derogatory to any race, creed or nationality, or transliterations of such words are not permitted. The ITR Registrar and/or the ITR Committee of Breeders (CoB) reserves the right to determine whether or not a word or phrase is unacceptable. 

d) In the event that the selected name has already been used or is considered unacceptable, the breeder will be notified and an alternative selection can then be submitted. 

3.3 Litter Registrations 

3.3.1. The Litter Registration Form (LRF) for registering each litter must be filled out completely and submitted to the ITR no later than 6 months from the date of birth. 

a) The LRF must list the exact number of puppies in the litter along with their selected registered name and include specific details regarding sex, color, coat length/type, markings, as well as any physical issues (such as, for instance, cleft palate, rear dewclaws, broken tail, etc.) or any disqualifying faults according to the Breed Standard (such as: blue eyes, unaccepted coloring, etc.). The LRF should also include any stillborn or deceased puppies, if there were any. 

b) The Litter Health Report (LHR) must be also be submitted. It is administered by a veterinarian when the puppies are aged between 6 to 10 weeks old. It is report that shows that the puppies are in Excellent, Good, Fair or Poor health/condition, and an individual checklist for eyes, heart, umbilical hernia, testicles, and bite. 

c) A photo of the litter with the Dam taken between 5 and 10 days after birth. (Surviving puppies + Dam.) 

3.3.2. Should a situation arise whereby the Sire and/or the Dam do not have a Neogen GeneSeek DNA profile on record, and the breeder or puppy owner is no longer able to obtain a Neogen GeneSeek DNA profile (for instance, due to the death of the Sire and/or the Dam) the breeder or puppy owner will contact the ITR Committee of Breeders (CoB) for a DNA exemption. 

3.3.3. A Litter Registration Form (LRF) will not be accepted for any Dam that was bred under the age of 18 months old nor any Dam bred over the age of 8 years old, unless previously approved by the ITR Committee of Breeders (CoB). To qualify for prior approval, the breeder will provide the ITR Committee of Breeders (CoB) with a detailed explanation as to why an exception should be granted, before any mating takes place. In the case of a Dam aged over 8 years old, the breeder must also provide a letter from their veterinarian stating that the Dam’s health qualifies for breeding, along with a complete blood panel that shows all readings within the normal range. 

3.3.4. A Litter Registration Form (LRF) will not be accepted for any Sire or Dam that is registered as Limited (non-breeding) without prior approval from the ITR Committee of Breeders (CoB). 

3.3.5. The fee to register a litter can be found on the Fee Schedule and is subject to change. 

3.4 Exemptions/Exceptions 

Exemptions/exceptions are rare but may sometimes be granted on a case-by-case basis with prior approval by the ITR Committee of Breeders (CoB) in an effort to preserve genetic diversity that might otherwise be lost within the gene pool, which may help to decelerate the effect of genetic drift. Any proposal for an exemption/exception is thoroughly considered by the CoB along with all relevant facts and any pertinent details, not just regarding the individual dog in question, but also with consideration to the impact that the exemption/exception will have on the breed (and the gene pool) as a whole. Any exemption/exception will often have specific stipulations or conditions attached. For example, if a dog suffers an eye injury and is granted an exemption/exception to have a test mating despite not completing or passing the required eye examination, then the resulting offspring would be granted Conditional Registration whereby they would only qualify for breeding if they have passing results for their eye examination. 

a)To qualify for an exemption/exception the breeder or dog owner will contact the ITR Committee of Breeders (CoB) with a detailed explanation PRIOR to any mating taking place, along with all relevant facts or any pertinent details, in order for theCoB to consider and discuss and then ultimately vote to decide whether or not to approve or deny the proposal for an official exemption/exception (only granted in extremely rare cases, depending on the specific case-by-case factors). 

b)To qualify for an exemption/exception for an accidental mating (after the mating has occurred or after the litter has been born) the breeder should contact the ITR Committee of Breeders (CoB) with a detailed explanation of the reasons why they feel that this litter should not be discarded from the gene pool (why they believe that this accidental litter should qualify for official registration) along with all relevant facts or any pertinent details, in order for theCoB to consider and discuss and then ultimately vote to decide whether or not to approve or deny the proposal for an official exemption/exception (only granted in extremely rare cases, depending on the specific case-by-case factors). 

c)An exemption/exception will not be granted for the same type of issue within 3 generations of the original issue, and possibly up to 5 generations for the same issue, depending on the specific case-by-case factors.

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