Administrative papers of the dog files
Just like you, your dog has many administrative papers. Some are mandatory, others optional.
The papers of your dog concern his health, his race, possibly his pedigree. Your dog may need a passport or a birth certificate. You can get them from the breeder, your veterinarian, the seller …
The sales certificate
The certificate of sale is an invoice issued by the seller of the dog during the transaction. It must specify the date of the sale, the identity of the dog and its price. It is necessary in the event of an unacceptable defect in order to cancel the sale. This certificate is mandatory.
The papers of the dog
THE HEALTH BOOK
During the first vaccination visit to your veterinarian, he will give you the health recordof your dog. It will make it possible to register all the vaccines carried out during its lifetime, the reminders and the medical acts. Your veterinarian will mark your dog’s date of birth, name, breed, identification number and name and contact information.
The birth certificate only concerns you if you have a purebred dog. It will be mandatory to register your puppy on the French Book of Origins (LOF). It mentions your dog’s name, registration number, race, but also its physical characteristics and the names of its ancestors over at least four generations.The declaration of birth must be made by the farmer within two weeks of the birth.
THE DECLARATION OF BREEDING
The declaration of breeding is necessary for breed dogs likely to be registered in the LOF. It must be sent to the Central Canine Society within eight weeks of mating.
The pedigree applies only to breed dogs enrolled in the LOF. It is issued after a confirmatory examination when your dog is between ten and sixteen months old. It confirms that the standards of the breed are respected, establishes the family tree, indicates its name, that of its breeding.
THE EUROPEAN PASSPORT AND THE CERTIFICATE OF GOOD HEALTH
The European passport , on which the rabies vaccination is affixed, is compulsory to travel freely with your dog. Some countries require a certificate of good health.
THE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
Since 1999, your dog must have an identification number . Identification is done by tattooing or by injection of an electronic chip. This last technique replaces the tattoo for medium sized dogs identified after July 2011.
Where to find these papers?
Knowing where to find these papers is not always easy.
TO THE VET
The veterinarian will give you the certificate of good health, the European passport or the health record.
The seller sends you the certificate of sale, the birth certificate and possibly the provisional identification card.
THE CENTRAL CANINE SOCIETY
The Central Canine Society manages the application for pedigree, declaration of breeding and declaration of scope.
What if we lose the papers of his dog?
For the identification card, a duplicate can be requested from the Central Society canine , via the veterinarian who will fill out the documents attesting that it is indeed your pet. A new passport with a new number can be delivered to your veterinarian, but you should pay attention: take care!
Dr Elisabeth Tané, veterinarian.