The Canine Care Certified Standards of Care were developed and led by Dr. Candace Croney, Ph.D. at the Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science in 2013 after years of study and pilot research following a specific request from the breeding community for guidelines in best practices. The voluntary program requires adherence to 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.
The Center for Canine Welfare takes its responsibility to the pet industry seriously and values transparency while recognizing the proprietary nature of the science-based research. 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.