The Canine Care Certified standards were developed 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 rehoming 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.