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CDR Registration Requirements 
This is a list of current requirements for registration of dogs in the Companion Dog Registry, Only breeders who have completed the application process and been approved as member breeders are eligible to register dogs.  Verification is required and each application is individually reviewed, CDR reserves the right to decline registration for any reason. 

Requirements to register an adult dog (also applies to converting a puppy registration to adult ) 

Individual support to applicants including guidance about health testing requirements is available


1. Age: 18 months or older


2. Temperament:


  • Bite history: Dogs with any human bite history are not eligible. Dogs with a known Dunbar scale level 3 bite  history in a sibling or parent are not eligible. Dogs with history of bites on other dogs requiring veterinary care may be considered on a case by case basis.  


  • Resource Guarding: No history of aggression toward humans when in possession of a toy or food item. Tolerates other known dogs in the household without biting or excessive guarding. 


  • Tolerance of examination: able  to undergo veterinary examination and routine preventive care without the need for  sedatives, behavioral medications, or excessive restraint  


  • Response to new environments: Able to remain composed while  walking on a leash in unfamiliar public areas where it encounters unknown dogs and humans without excessive guidance from the handler. Ideally this is achieved without formal training or conditioning. 


  • Response to new humans in familiar environment: Tolerates unfamiliar visitors to its home environment without an aggressive response and preferably a pro social response. Ideally this is the case with minimal to  no training having been provided.

  • Response to new dogs in familiar environment: Tolerates unfamiliar dog visitors to its home environment without an excessive aggressive response and preferably a pro social response.


  • Separation: Over 6 months of age, is able to tolerate being alone for up to four hours without harming itself through attempts to escape, compulsive behaviors or soiling. 


  • Unacceptable Behaviors: any submissive urination or consistent excited urination past 6 months of age, compulsive behaviors such as licking, spinning, fixation on environmental stimuli, persistent attempts to escape confinement despite adequate exercise and stimulation, inability  to be reliably house trained by 6 months of age, prey drive that if unmanaged could reasonably be expected to result  in the injuring of a domesticated cat or dog, human or dog aggression, resource guarding toward humans. 


3. Health: 


  • Has never been diagnosed with any condition that significantly affects quality of life or requires costly, repeated, or painful veterinary intervention for which a genetic basis is established. 


  • DNA breeder panel completed through Embark. Embark is the choice due to their ability to provide predicted COI for puppies of dogs in their database and to ensure all dogs are in the same database to facilitate future study. Additional DNA testing may be needed based on breed content and individual results


  • Additional health testing requirements will be determined for each individual applicant based on breed content and size and may include:

  • Hips (PennHip strongly preferred)  

  • Elbows

  • Cardiac

  • Eyes

  • Patella 

  • Thyroid

  • MRI

  • Spinal X-rays 


4. Structure:

Submission of side view stacked photo, and photo of head showing no serious structural faults that would affect function


5. Family history:

Breed content as revealed by Embark testing and/or known pedigree should be considered when making breeding decisions. Dogs with significant breed content that is traditionally not consistent with the goals of the breeding strategy may require additional documentation of temperament or be declined. Dogs with wolf content will not be considered. 

Requirements to register a litter:


  • Sire and Dam must be CDR registered as adults (studs not owned by members can be used without registration if all requirements are met) 

  • Puppies will be microchipped with a chip permanently linked to either the breeder or the CDR prior to leaving the breeders possession. FiNano chips are included with litter registration at no extra cost. 

  • First time pairings require documentation of predicted genetic COI 0f 10% or less 

  • Past litters may be registered up to 5 years after date of whelp assuming all requirements are met

  • Both Sire and Dam should be at least 2 years of age. Breeding of dogs 20-24 months old may be approved in individual cases. Dogs with unknown parentage or from unknown lines should ideally be fully socially mature (2.5-3 years old) to establish adult temperament prior to breeding. 

  • Females will be bred no sooner than second heat, third is preferred in most cases. Skipping heats is optional and should be based on veterinarian recommendation, breeding goals, and the condition of the dog. No female may be bred more than 4  times or after age 8 without prior examination and approval of a licensed veterinarian 

  • Dogs should be in overall good health at the time of breeding with normal appetite and having no sign of illness, in healthy body condition, with good mobility of all joints, at a healthy weight, parasite free and up up to date on vaccines as recommended by a licensed veterinarian 

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