Breeding Restrictions

The Kennel Club will not accept an application to register a litter when:

1) The dam has already whelped 4 litters (as of the 1st January 2012 the limit changed from 6 litters to 4 litters). As of this date the Kennel Club will no longer register any further litters from any bitch which our records show has already whelped 4 litters. Therefore for any litter born on or after the 1st January 2012, the system will automatically check to see how many previous litters the Kennel Club has an account of. Where the number previously recorded is 4 or more, the application will be rejected, or

2) The dam has already reached the age of 8 years at the date of whelping, (relief from this restriction may be considered normally provided an application is made prior to the mating, the proposed dam has previously whelped at least one other registered litter, and the application is supported by veterinary evidence as to the suitability of the bitch involved in the proposed whelping), or

3) The dam was under one year old at the time of mating, or

4) The offspring are the result of any mating between father and daughter, mother and son or brother and sister, save in exceptional circumstances or for scientifically proven welfare reasons, or

5) (From 1st January 2012) The dam has already had two litters delivered by caesarean section, save for scientifically proven welfare reasons and this only normally provided the application is made prior to the mating, or

6) The dam was not resident at a UK address at the date of whelping.

There are further Kennel Club Rules and Regulations that may prevent a litter from being registered; the full Kennel Club Rules and Regulations are contained in the Kennel Club Year Book.

Breed Specific Restrictions

The following breeding control scheme has been agreed by representatives of the Briard Clubs and the Kennel Club, effective from 01 January 2016:

1. All Briards used for breeding should be either proven hereditarily clear of CSNB or have a CSNB DNA test before they are used for breeding.

2. The Kennel Club will cease to routinely accept any new registrations for Briard progeny produced from a CSNB carrier parent mated to a clear parent (either DNA tested or hereditary clear).

3. Breeders wishing to register progeny from a carrier from this date need to apply for permission prior to the proposed mating, and applications are dealt with on a case-by-case basis involving input.

4. If such permission is given and a carrier is mated to a DNA tested or hereditary clear dog, all progeny must be DNA tested and registered with the Kennel Club as either CSNB Clear or Carrier.

5. The Kennel Club will place endorsements on the carrier progeny, such that if they are bred from without the necessary approval sought beforehand, their progeny will not be able to registered with the Kennel Club.

Assured Breeder Requirements

The following schemes, tests and/ or advice are mandatory requirements for Kennel Club Assured Breeders. All other breeders are strongly advised to use these schemes, tests and/ or advice.

BVA/KC Hip Dysplasia Scheme
DNA test - CSNB
Eye testing

The list above is not necessarily comprehensive, other available health tests can be found at or for further advice please contact your local breed club.

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