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- 1 What’s a Registered Breeder?
- 2 Examples of The Correct Pedigree Paperwork for Registered Pomeranian Puppies:
- 3 How Do I Check If the Seller is a Legit Registered Preservation Breeder?
- 4 The Pomeranian Handbook by Denise Leo
I have recently heard some disturbing news… people buying Pomeranian dogs or Pomeranian puppies from people they believe are legitimately registered breeders. They’re under the assumption that just because a breeder is “registered,” it guarantees that the dog is a pedigree, purebred Pomeranian puppy. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the truth. I’ll explain further.
Owing to changes in animal breeding and animal keeping laws Australia wide, anyone selling or giving away a puppy, or a cat, etc., must now have a source number or supply number. In Queensland, this number is called a BIN and in Victoria it’s called a PER number. In South Australia, it’s known as a Breeder Registration Number (BRN).
In many Australian states this source number must be displayed on all animal sales and give away advertisements. In some states, ANKC breeders are only required to provide their ANKC membership number. Here in Victoria, advertisers who are ANKC members must display their “PER or Pet Exchange Register” number. The Per or Pet Exchange Register number is issued by a State Government Department, the Department of Agriculture.
From 1 July, 2018, anybody living in South Australia wanting to breed cats or dogs for trade or sale has to first register the animal with the Dog & Cat Management Board. This doesn’t only apply to pedigree breeds. It also includes anybody whose animals produce litters by accident. If you breed and then want to sell, the law states that you must be registered with the relevant Government department in your state and have a supply or source number.
These Government changes now mean that anyone can call themselves a registered breeder. Having a source or supply number just means this seller has obtained a supply or source number from their state government department to advertise puppies. It DOES NOT mean you’re purchasing a purebred animal. Anyone can apply for this type of “registration.”
What’s a Registered Breeder?
Dog breeders often get called “registered breeders” once they have joined a breeder association or club/association that runs a register or stud book. ANKC registered breeders are required to pass a dog breeding exam prior to being issued with a prefix.
To register a litter of puppies on the ANKC register, the breeder MUST be the registered owner of a prefix. A registered breeder will have a registered breeder prefix with their ANKC state body and their breeding dogs will have blue pedigree certificates. The breeder of any litter is the owner of the mother of the puppies.
Now you want to know what a breeder prefix is? This prefix is like a surname for all the dogs a breeder ever breeds. For example my prefix is “Dochlaggie”. This prefix appears in front of the name of every puppy bred by each breeder.
Just because someone is registered with one of these bodies, it doesn’t guarantee they’re responsible or that they satisfy the standards of good animal welfare. A dog can only be classified as a pure-bred pedigree if the breeder is registered with a member body of the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) and is in possession of a stud prefix. Member bodies of the ANKC for example: Dogs SA, Dogs VIC or Dogs QLD.
All Pomeranian breeders registered with ANKC state bodies has to register every puppy in every litter that they have bred with their State’s governing body. Then the Pomeranian puppies can be sold with registration papers from the ANKC’s state body or relevant office.
Each puppy is issued a number and it will appear on the registration papers, along with three generations of family history of the new Pomeranian puppy.
A pedigree is basically the same as a birth certificate and shows three generations of his family tree, also proof that he’s a purebred. All breeders registered with the ANKC are governed by a strict Code of Ethics which are listed on their website e.g. Dogs SA, Dogs VIC or Dogs QLD websites.
The ANKC will supply two different registration papers (Main and Limited) for every puppy
The ANKC issues two types of registration papers, MAIN and LIMTED. Each puppy bought from an ANKC breeder will come with its own pedigree.
Every other dog registry including: Australian Canine Registry, ABR, ICBS, MDBA, etc., don’t have any affiliation with the ANKC so they CAN’T provide certified Pedigrees.
Examples of The Correct Pedigree Paperwork for Registered Pomeranian Puppies:
BLUE PEDIGREE – MAIN REGISTRATION
This blue one is hardly ever given to a pet owner because it’s only for owners wanting to breed or show the dog. Dogs required for breeding, exhibition or export must have main registration. Main register is always the blue pedigree paperwork.
The official term is MAIN REGISTRATION. There is no “MAINS” registration. Usually only inexperienced breeders and owners refer to the main register as “mains”.
ORANGE PEDIGREE – LIMITED REGISTRATION
This orange pedigree is classified as “limited registration” for pet puppies. It tells people your dog IS registered as pedigree but isn’t permitted to be bred or shown.
Most Pomeranian breeders usually only sell pet puppies with a limited ANKC registration. Anyone breeding with a limited register Pomeranian can’t go on to register the puppies with any ANKC body if either parent has been put on a limited pedigree.
The limited pedigree exists for breeders to register dogs that they don’t think are good enough for show or breeding purposes, but would make perfectly good pets. If limited register puppies turn out better than expected, dogs on the limited register can be upgraded to the main register. Consent of the breeder is required to move dogs between the main and limited registers.
How Do I Check If the Seller is a Legit Registered Preservation Breeder?
If you need to double check whether a breeder is actually a preservation registered Pomeranian breeder, simply ring your ANKC State body. If the breeder can’t give you the correct paperwork, WALK, nay RUN AWAY! You’re not purchasing the dog you think it is.
By purchasing from these people with only a supply or source number, you don’t receive what you wanted and you’re merely lining the pockets of a backyard breeder.
If you see a puppy offered for sale but it doesn’t have orange or blue pedigree documents…RUN AWAY AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. Don’t fall for the scam.
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References and Further Reading:
 Denise Leo “The Pomeranian Grooming Guide”.
 Denise Leo “The Pomeranian Handbook”.
 Denise Leo “Training Your Pomeranian”.
The Pomeranian Handbook by Denise Leo