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About ISWS Registration

About the Registry

If you have any questions, please email iswsregistrar@silkenwindhounds.org for assistance

The Registry is the basis of any dog breed.  Without a well documented tracking of our dogs, they are not really a breed. The ISWS Registry shines as a wonderful example of how a history of the breed should be kept.

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The purpose of the ISWS Registry is to preserve the integrity of the Silken Windhound breeding records. It also establishes a canine DNA database with parentage verification profiles, showing individual genetic identity. In addition, it is used to document the results in the ISWS Health Registry.

Breeders must DNA test every dog to verify its parentage prior to breeding.  If the parentage has not been DNA verified, then the offspring of that dog will not be eligible for registration until the dog is DNA tested.

Sadly, all unregistered offspring will not only be lost to the breed, but the ISWS will also not consider them purebred Silkens.

Registration Steps

Please note: all forms are submitted to iswsregistrar@silkenwindhounds.org & all payments are made to iswstreasurer@yahoo.com

Costs for all of these services are listed on the Fee Schedule

Proof of payment must be provided for each transaction.  Proof of payment = A screen shot of the PayPal payment receipt.  This is the only way the Registrar can easily verify the amount you have paid.

  1. DNA test the Sire and Dam through VGL at UC Davis.  This step should be completed before the breeding occurs.  Verification of parentage must be completed through this lab before a litter can be registered.  Written instructions and DNA kit requests are found here.
  2. If the dam is leased at the time of mating or birth of a litter, you must submit a Lease Notification form.
  3. Register the litter by filling out either the Litter Registration
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    Photo credit Pauline Ng
     form or the Full Litter Registration form.
    • Forms must be filled out, signed, and returned to the Registrar with proof of payment. 
    • Litter Registration form – this is the form we have been using.  Use it if you are only registering the litter, not individual puppies.
      • The litter will be added to the database and the Registrar will issue Individual Registration Applications for each puppy.
    • Full Litter Registration form – this new form, introduced August of 2021, allows breeders to register the litter and all of the puppies at once for a discount.
      • The litter and puppies will be entered into the database and certificates will be issued.
    • Pay by submitting Payment via PayPal  to iswstreasurer@yahoo.com.  Do NOT send it to the registrar address – it must go to the Treasurer at the above email address. When paying by PayPal, in the Comments section, include the following information:
      • Sire and Dam names
      • Applicant’s Name, Address and E-mail Address
    • Please allow two to three weeks from the date that the Registrar receives litter applications to receive individual dog registration applications. There may be delays in processing submitted litter applications that are incorrect, and/or incomplete, illegible or with words crossed out or erased, which is partly why the online registration forms are preferred. Incomplete, unsigned, or illegible applications may be returned to sender.
    • Note: All owners of a bitch must sign the Litter Registration form; only one stud owner is required for signature of the Litter Registration. Electronic Signatures are acceptable or have the stud owner or co-owners/lessees email iswsregistrar@silkenwindhounds.org
  4. If you have not used the Full Litter Registration option, you will receive Individual Registration Applications.
    • Return the Individual Registration Applications to the Registrar.
    • The forms must be filled out, signed, and returned to the Registrar with proof of payment.
    • Pay by submitting Payment via PayPal  to iswstreasurer@yahoo.com.  Do NOT send it to the registrar address – it must go to the Treasurer at the above email address. When paying by PayPal, in the Comments section, include the following information:
      • Puppies’ Registration Numbers & names
      • Applicant’s Name, Address and E-mail Address
      • Member vs. Non-Member fees
    • The puppies will be entered into the database and certificates will be issued.
    • Note: All of the listed breeders of the litter must sign the individual registration papers of each puppy in the litter.  Electronic Signatures are acceptable or have the  co-breeders/lessees email iswsregistrar@silkenwindhounds.org

Other Registration Services

Registering an Individual Puppy or Dog

  1. You have received an Individual Registration form from your breeder.
    • They should have filled out and signed the form.  If they have not, either contact them or email iswsregistrar@silkenwindhounds.org for assistance.
    • Pay the registration fee, found on the Fee Schedule page linked above, and email in the completed/signed form with proof of payment to the Registrar.
    • When paying by PayPal, send payment to iswstreasurer@yahoo.com.  Do NOT send it to the registrar address – it must go to the Treasurer at the above email address.
    • We will add your dog to the database and a certificate will be issued.
  2. You would like to register your dog; but cannot contact the breeder
    • Please contact the Registrar and we will work with you to do what we can to register your dog.
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Transferring Ownership

  1. When transferring a dog to a new owner, the transfer must be completed on the back of the ORIGINAL registration certificate.  The original certificate can either be mailed to the Registrar or it can be scanned and sent as an email attachment to iswsregistrar@silkenwindhounds.org
  2. All owners listed on a dog’s registration certificate must sign for a transfer of the dog to new owners.
  3. The new owners must also sign the certificate before submission.
  4. When paying by PayPal, send payment to iswstreasurer@yahoo.com.  Do NOT send it to the registrar address – it must go to the Treasurer at the above email address.
  5. When paying via PayPal, in the Comments section, include the following information:
    • Dog’s Name
    • Applicant’s Name, Address and E-mail Address
  6. A screenshot or copy of the PayPal receipt must be included with the forms when emailed or mailed.

UKC Registration

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In March of 2011 Silken Windhounds were accepted into the United Kennel Club (UKC) one of the oldest all-breed registries in the US. In May of 2011 the current records in the ISWS registry were sent to UKC for inclusion in their registry. After this date, it is the responsibility of Silken owners to register their litters and individuals with UKC per the UKC rules.

When registering a litter with UKC it is required that you provide proof of DNA testing of the litter’s parents by ISWS’s approved lab (VGL). This is the same requirement as the ISWS.  If the parents’ DNA has already been submitted to UKC, there is no need to do so again.

For more information on registration procedures with the United Kennel Club, please visit their website.

ISWS will continue to register dogs for inclusion in its registry, so dogs would be double-registered. Dogs must be registered with ISWS in order to compete in ISWS-sanctioned shows and receive ISWS championship points. Also, as we move toward AKC acceptance the ISWS database will be what is transferred to them, not the UKC records.