The Canine Care Certified Standards of Care were developed in 2013 after years of study and pilot research following a specific request from the breeding community for guidelines in best practices. The program requires mandatory compliance with standards for the responsible rearing, handling and re-homing of dogs raised by breeders. They are not intended to provide guidance on how to breed dogs.
The standards were written and tested in collaboration with breeders, veterinary and animal science experts, state regulators and animal welfare organizations. The certification program has been pilot tested with breeders since early 2015.
CCW takes its responsibility to the pet industry seriously and values transparency, while recognizing the proprietary nature of the science-based research conducted by the faculty at Purdue University. Breeders interested in becoming Canine Care Certified have the option to view the complete Standards of Care prior to moving forward with the application process for certification.