When is a purebred bulldog not a purebred bulldog?
When it isn’t Canadian Kennel Club registered! The Animal Pedigree Act is a law which determines the definition of
purebred, and by legal definition, an animal is purebred only if eligible for registration by an association authorized to
register animals of that breed in Canada. The word purebred cannot and should not be associated with any bulldog
that is not eligible for Canadian Kennel Club registration, since the only recognized association for registration of
bulldogs in Canada is the Canadian Kennel Club. So, when you see an ad for purebred bulldogs, but the ad makes no
mention of Canadian Kennel Club registration, be aware that the seller is in contravention of the Animal Pedigree Act,
under Article 64. “No person shall offer to sell, contract to sell or sell, as a purebred of a breed, any animal that is not
registered or eligible to be registered as a purebred by the association authorized to register animals of that breed or
by the Corporation”. A purebred bulldog is only purebred if it can be registered with the Canadian Kennel Club. Even
if both parents were registered with the Canadian Kennel Club, a puppy might not be eligible for registration if the
parents are on limited registration, thus the puppy does not meet the legal definition of purebred. Please don’t confuse
purebred with being of the bulldog breed; a bulldog can look purebred, but can only be called purebred if registered or
registerable. Again, it does not make them any less enjoyabull, but it is important to understand the difference when
adopting your new best friend.