Managed and monitored by the New Zealand Kennel Club. 

The aim of the scheme is to:

    • Encourage the breeding of healthy well-adjusted puppies 
    • Promote and recognise good breeding practices
    • Assist the puppy buying public to find responsible breeders

An Accredited Breeder is someone who:

    • Ensures their breeding stock and progeny are NZKC registered.
    • Advises new owners about the NZKC Register that the dog is recorded on and explains any endorsements that may be applied to the puppy and why they have been applied.
    • Permanently identifies breeding stock by DNA profile and microchip or tattoo.
    • Makes use of health screening schemes (as they become available), relevant to their breed, on all breeding stock.
    • Ensures their puppies are well socialised before going to their new homes.
    • Provides written advice to new owners on feeding, worming, socialization, exercise and future training of their puppy.
    • Provides a written record (from a veterinarian) on the immunisation measures taken to date on the puppy.
    • Is available to give reasonable post sale advice to the new owner.
    • Will assist if necessary in the re-homing of the dog, for whatever reason throughout the dog's lifetime.
    • Will advise the buyer of any know inherited disorders that the puppy or adult dog may be predisposed to which may cause health welfare problems during the dog's lifetime.
    • Provides the new owner with a Sale and Purchase Agreement, detailing any of the endorsements that may have been placed on the dog.
    • Advises the new owner about the requirement and recommendations that apply to them as an Accredited Breeder and also make the buyer aware of the NZKC Complaint Process.
    • Provides written advice, in the Puppy Sales Wallet on the continuation of socialisation, exercise and future training.

Why Buy a Puppy From an Accredited Breeder? 

The NZKC Accredited Breeders Scheme provides puppy buyers with reassurance that: 

    • They are purchasing a pedigree puppy from someone whose priority is the health and welfare of the the puppies that they breed.
    • The breeder will give a quality, supportive and informative service both before and after they take their puppy home.
    • The sire and dam of a puppy have been tested for all required health tests, relevant to the breed, and that the breeder will provide you with accurate information about the results of these tests.
    • The sire and dam have been DNA profiled so the parentage of the puppy can be verified.
    • The Breeder has signed and agreed to the Accredited Breeders Code of Ethics and Code of Practice. These can be viewed on the NZKC Website.
    • The breeder will advise you of the process should you wish to lodge a complaint.
    • How Can I Find an Accredited Breeder? Visit the New Zealand Kennel Club Website, locate the Accredited Breeders Scheme icon on the home page and navigate your way through from there.


    • NZKC Accredited Breeders should be familiar with and must adhere to the Animal Welfare (Dogs) Code of Welfare.
    • NZKC Accredited Breeders will at all times ensure that all dogs under their care are properly housed, fed, watered and exercised and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.
    • NZKC Accredited Breeders will not breed from a Dog or Bitch before 12 months and have had all appropriate health checks done.
    • NZKC Accredited Breeders will not breed from a Bitch over the age of 8 years at whelping, provision for dispensation with good cause shown prior to mating.
    • Good Cause: the breeder will need to show that there is benefit to the breed for performing the mating. Each case will be judged in its merit. Approval must be sought in advance of the mating being done.
    • NZKC Accredited Breeders will not breed from father-daughter, mother-son or brother-sister; Brother-sister defined as same sire and dam, not necessarily the same litter, but not applying to half-brother/sister. Provision for a dispensation can be applied for with good cause shown. This approval must be sought prior to mating.
    • Maximum number of litters in a life time of a bitch. No registrations of puppies beyond 4 litters. With no exceptions
    • A maximum number of litters from any bitch cannot exceed 2 in any 18 month period.
    • NZKC Accredited Breeders will take care to ensure that when selling dogs there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and will assist with re-homing of a dog if the circumstances change.
    • NZKC Accredited Breeders will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the quality of the dog. They will provide information from a reputable source on the characteristics and properties of the breed to interested individuals.
    • NZKC Accredited Breeders must make all reasonable efforts to ensure the genetic make-up of both the sire and dam will not result in an increase in the frequency or severity of known inherited disorders. (Animal Welfare (Dogs) Code of Welfare).
    • NZKC Accredited Breeders will be at all times conscious of breeding for the improvement of the quality of the breed and/or working ability of the breed according to the breed standard.
    • NZKC Accredited Breeders must make official copies of the results of mandatory parental health tests pertaining to the breed available to New Zealand Kennel Club and the purchaser.
    • NZKC Accredited Breeders must disclose to the purchasers of their dogs any known inherited disorders that the puppy or adult dog may be predisposed to which may cause health and/or welfare problems during the dogs lifetime.(Animal Welfare (Dogs) Code of Welfare).
    • NZKC Accredited Breeders shall not knowingly or recklessly misrepresent the New Zealand Kennel Club. 
    • The NZKC Accredited Breeder will provide reasonable post sales advice when required.