IKU INTERNATIONAL REGULATION ON BREEDING WORK   APPROVED by  Decision of the IKU Board   of May 25, 1995.   These Rules establish and regulate the procedure for issuing and obtaining pedigree documents for litters of puppies whose births are registered in IKU member organizationsThe list of documentation is contained in the Appendix to these Rules. 

1. The general regulation on breeding work of the International Cynological Union (IKU) is obligatory for all IKU member countries.

The offspring of two purebred parents of the same breed who have pedigrees recognized by IKU without any restrictions or reservations from national canine organizations are purebred dogs and are eligible for IKU recognized pedigrees. Certificates of origin recognized by IKU are proof of valid origin certified by the breeder and the national club; they do not guarantee certain qualities of the dogs.  Breeding activities are carried out only with the use of healthy from the veterinary side, genetically healthy, with a good nervous system, purebred dogs registered in the studbooks recognized by the IKU.

IKU members undertake to prevent the development of qualities during breeding, which can subsequently lead to a deterioration in the working qualities and functional health of the dogs. Dogs that have defects that exclude them from breeding are not allowed in breeding (deafness or blindness, cleft lip, cleft palate, teeth defects and jaw anomalies, epilepsy, cryptorchidism, monorchism, albinism, unacceptable colors, hip dysplasia and others). IKU members are obliged to combat various breed disabilities, constantly keep records of their development and submit reports to IKU upon request. Responsible for breeding work are the national IKU member organizations. IKU members are required to maintain control over breeding activities, and must also keep herd books.

The breeding and development of dog breeds should be based on long-term goals and exclude from breeding sick dogs, dogs with disabilities or dogs with poor performance. Only healthy dogs may be allowed to breed. The task of the breeder is to verify the suitability of the dog intended for use in breeding in terms of anatomical, behavioral and physical characteristics. The breeder must provide the breeding animals with good conditions that meet their physical and psychological requirements. As long as the puppies are with the breeder, he is obliged to create for them the conditions most favorable for physical and mental development and to socialize them.

The duty of members (unions, associations, clubs, kennels and other cynological organizations) is to adopt their own breeding regulations in which specific breed characteristics must be taken into account.  

2. Registration of mating of breeding producers. Mating of breeding producers is carried out in accordance with this Regulation on breeding work.

On the fact of mating in the "Certificate of breeding use" the "Act of mating" is filled in. The "act of mating" is registered in an organization - a member of "IKU" no later than 30 days from the date of mating. In case of untimely, but not later than 30 days from the moment of mating, registration of the "Act of Mating" from the breeder or the person responsible for registration, through whose fault the delay occurred, a fine will be charged, according to the separately approved price list. In case of a delay of more than 45 days from the date of mating, the fact of mating of breeding producers is considered unconfirmed, such mating is considered invalid and is not subject to registration.

3. The rights and obligations of the owners of pedigree bitches and males are regulated by national legal acts, the regulations of clubs and kennels. In their absence, the IKU Breeding Regulations are considered valid. Breeders and owners of stud dogs are strongly encouraged to state all mutual agreements before mating in any form and clearly define financial obligations when calculating for mating.
Owners of breeding bitches are advised to take the bitch personally or through an authorized representative (mating instructor) to the dog. If the bitch spends several days with the owner of the dog, then the owner of the bitch assumes all costs arising in connection with this.

4. Responsibility. According to the legislative decisions of various countries, the person who provides the animal with maintenance is responsible for causing damage to third parties. The owner or holder of the stud dog undertakes to bear the costs of obtaining personal personal insurance for these cases.

5. Choosing a dog. The owner of the stud dog undertakes not to provide for mating the declared dog, to which the mating referral has been issued.  If mating does not work, only in that case the bitch, in agreement with the owner of the dog, can be mated by another dog.  In no case is it allowed to mate a bitch in one heat at the same time with two or more males.

6. Confirmation of mating. The correct mating process is confirmed by the owner of the dog by signing the Mating Act. In it, he confirms with his signature that he is a witness to the act of mating, and also describes in detail the conditions for mating with this manufacturer.

If the breeding commission of the country where the litter will be registered requires the completion of additional forms, then the owner of the bitch is obliged to provide and correctly fill in these forms, as well as submit them for signature to the owner of the dog. The Certificate of Breeding Use and the Breeding Certificate must contain the following: 

  • Breed
  • Name and pedigree number of the dog
  • Name and pedigree number of the bitch
  • Name and address of the owner of the dog
  • Name and address of the owner of the bitch
  • Date of the completed mating
  • Signature of the owner of the dog and the bitch
  • Signatures of the mating instructor if present
  • Terms of payment for mating
  • The owner of the dog is obliged to issue the mark after paying for mating with the owner of the bitch · Only the act of mating with the mark is accepted for office work in the canine organization of the member of IKU
  • The owner of the dog cannot change the conditions of mating after signing the Act of mating. And also has no legal rights regarding the sale of puppies other than their alimony. If a puppy (puppies) is provided as payment, then this agreement must also be confirmed in writing.

Such an agreement must indicate the following points:

 a) The time of the choice of the puppy by the owner of the dog.
 b) Time of transfer of the puppy to the owner of the dog.
 c) The term when the right to choose a puppy by the owner of a dog expires and the puppy becomes the property of the breeder ..
 d) Special agreements in case the bitch remains empty or gives birth only dead or one live puppy or before the transfer the puppy dies and other cases.
The breeder is the person who owns (rent, co-owned) the bitch at the time of the final act of the litter. In the case of buying a mated bitch, the ownership is formalized at the time of purchase. The leasing of a dog for breeding use is formalized by a written Lease Agreement between the lessor and the lessee, indicating all the conditions. In this case, the lease agreement is an integral part of the set of documents required for the registration of the litter. Co-ownership is formalized in the same way as a lease. A breeder has the right to register his own prefix, which makes him protected from the use of this prefix by other breeders. 

7. Activation of the litter. By the time of activation, the breeder must give each born puppy a nickname (the nickname should not be repeated for this breeder, for all dog breeds), and also register a kennel (factory prefix) with the organization of which he is a member. The factory prefix is registered at the IKU headquarters and cannot coincide with those previously entered in the Registration book. The prefix is not inherited. All puppies born to a given breeder will receive a registered Kennel. The organization that registered the birth of a litter appoints its representative for the registration of the litter. The representative will coordinate the date of the litter activation with the breeder. Registration of the Pedigree is carried out in the country of birth of the litter.

Litter actuation is carried out in accordance with the Regulations on the breeding work of his national organization, an IKU member. The litter registration can be carried out both at the place of keeping the litter, and at the office of the organization that registered the litter. During activation, the "Litter Inspection Act" is filled in and a description of the litter is made, indicating the bite of the teeth, the sixth cover, the condition of the puppies, as well as all anatomical and physiological deviations. Simultaneously with the "Litter Inspection Act", the "General Litter Card" is filled in. The breeder keeps the "General Litter Card" and hands it over, filled out with the addresses of the new owners of the puppies, to the organization that registered the litter, attaching photocopies of the parents' pedigrees, certificates and diplomas from exhibitions.

The "general litter card" must be returned no later than 6 months, indicating the full name, addresses and phone numbers of the owners of the puppies. Otherwise, the documents for the entire litter will be canceled through the fault of the breeder. The breeder has the right to hand over the "General litter card" before all the puppies are settled, in this case he must inform the organization that registered the litter with the name and address of the new owners. 8. Identification. Puppy branding or chipping. Each dog bred and registered in one of the member countries or contractual partners of IKU must be provided with a chip or an indelible and tamper-proof marking; this mark must be indicated on the certificate of origin.. 

Identification marks are applied prior to (handover) the breeder sells the first puppy in a litter. Puppies considered alimony are also passed on to the owner of the dog as branded. 8. Obtaining the pedigree To exchange the "Puppy Metric" ("Puppy card") for the pedigree, the owner of the dog contacts the national organization that issued the "Metric". The pedigree is issued only in the country of origin of the puppy. "Puppy metric" ("Puppy card") can be exchanged for pedigree only if there is a description of the dog produced at the show or passing the dog breeding show. In other cases - at the request of the owner, at the discretion of the head of the organization that issued the "Metric", who is responsible for breeding or a person who has the appropriate clearance.
9. Artificial insemination cannot be carried out on dogs that have not been exhibited at the show and have not previously reproduced naturally. In case of artificial insemination of a bitch, the veterinarian who collected the sperm from the male must provide a shift confirmation at the place of registration of the litter that the fresh or frozen semen belongs to this particular male.

All costs of semen collection are borne by the owner of the bitch.

The veterinarian who inseminates the bitch is obliged to confirm at the place of registration of the litter that the bitch was inseminated with the sperm of the intended male. His certificate must also indicate the place and time of insemination, the name and pedigree number of the bitch, the name and address of the owner of the bitch. In addition to the certificate of the veterinarian, the owner of the male from whom the sperm was taken must sign a mating certificate. 10. The tribal provisions of the IKU member countries, as well as the contractual partners, in their requirements may be broadened than the provisions of the IKU, unless they conflict with the international regulation on IKU breeding.