For all those Buy and Sellers who are interested in introducing a puppy to the family, here is the Irish Kennel Club (IKC) guide to registering your puppy or dog with them and all the benefits that entails.
What does registering a puppy or dog involve?
The breeder should give the new owner the IKC registration certificate and you fill in the back of the form to change the dog into your name and avail of all the services of the IKC. The fee to transfer the puppy to your name is only 15 euro and guarantees you are recorded in the traceable microchip data base as the owner of the dog.
Why should I transfer the dog into my name?
- The pup is microchip identified for traceability worldwide in your name.
- The pup has been produced by a breeder that has signed up to the IKC code of ethics.
- You will receive an internationally guaranteed registration certificate.
- The pup has 6 months free pet insurance.
- You have access to all IKC special offers and discounts.
- You can access many breed club individuals who will offer help and assistance.
- You can enter IKC dog shows and attend training classes and lectures.
Here are some helpful tips when looking for a new pet dog to help make sure the animal is healthy and safe and that the seller is reputable and has provided a good environment for the puppy or dog to grow up in.
- Buy a dog at a market or fair.
- Pick up your puppy from a garage forecourt or hotel car park.
- Accept a puppy that is under 8 weeks.
- Take advice from the IKC as to what breed would suit your situation.
- Ask to see the mother.
- Collect the puppy from the house where it is housed.
- Make sure you get the IKC registration papers from the breeder or a signed letter from him/her confirming they have lodged an application with the IKC.
- Make sure the puppy has had its puppy vaccinations.
- Get its adult shots and a health check from your vet at 12 weeks.
- Get a diet sheet or advise from the breeder.
- Have the housing/kennelling facilities ready when it gets home.
- Check if the breeder wants to place restrictions on what you can do with the pup.