There are several types of "papers" which you may receive when purchasing a Siberian Husky. Here is a short list of the most common paperwork involved when buying your new dog.

Certificate of Registration and Pedigree

This is a certificate, issued by the Victorian Canine Association (VCA) or similar State body, which states that the dog is a registered pure bred (pedigreed) Siberian Husky. The certificate lists the dog's full registered name, sex, colour, date of birth and a three-generation pedigree, and also shows the name and address of both the owner and breeder. There are two different types of certificate:- the main register (blue) and the limited register (orange).

Main register The main register (blue certificate) has full rights. Dogs listed on this register can compete in conformation shows and gain titles such as Australian Champion. A dog and bitch both listed on the main register may have their progeny registered as pure breds. You have to be a VCA member to transfer a dog to or from this register and to your name as the owner.
Limited register The limited register (orange certificate) has lesser rights. The dog is pedigreed but cannot compete in conformation shows nor gain points towards conformation titles. Progeny of this dog cannot be registered as pure bred. A dog can be moved from the limited register to the main register, but only with the written approval of the breeder. You do not have to be a VCA member to have a dog on this register transferred into your name.

If you are purchasing a Siberian Husky for conformation show or as a breeding prospect, ensure you receive a blue Certificate of Registration and Pedigree from the breeder. Both the breeder and yourself should fill in the transfer form on the reverse of the certificate - you then submit this to the VCA with appropriate fees to formally transfer the dog into your name.

If you are purchasing a pet, the breeder may choose to supply you with either a blue or an orange certificate. The limited register was introduced only recently. Before its introduction, many breeders did not supply any official pedigree certificate with pet dogs (or at least not until proof of de-sexing was provided by the new owner). Breeders are obliged to supply a certificate - it is at the breeder's discretion as to which Register the puppies are listed on.

Vaccination certificate

Vaccination certificate

This is a record of vaccinations which your dog has been given. Puppies are given a course of vaccinations commencing at 6-8 weeks of age. If you are buying a young puppy, at least the first vaccination should have already been given. You will need to arrange for completion of the course (being either one or two booster shots, depending on the particular vaccine used), followed by a regular 12-month booster.

Certificate of Identification

Certificate of Identification

This certificate is issued if your dog has had an identification microchip implanted. It shows owner and animal details as maintained by a domestic animal registry.

If your dog has already been microchipped, you will need to fill out the change-of-owner form and send it off to the registry so they can update their records.

Contract of sale

Many breeders will require you to sign a contract of sale when purchasing your Siberian Husky. There is no "standard" contract - breeders usually draw up their own. The contract may stipulate certain conditions regarding your ownership of the dog (such as agreeing to de-sex a puppy purchased as a pet/house dog, or agreeing to return the dog to the breeder should you decide in the future that you are unable to keep it). Irrespective of a contract of sale, you also have certain consumer rights enshrined in law, in the federal Trade Practices Act and similar State legislation. If you are uncertain regarding the meaning of a particular clause in a contract of sale, we advise you to seek professional advice before proceeding.

Diet & instructions

The breeder should provide you with a record of what (and when) your puppy needs to be fed, and when it needs to be wormed. You may also receive more substantial instructions on how to care for your new puppy (if not, have a look at our Caring for your Siberian Husky section).

Application forms

Breeders who are members of our Club should provide you with an application form and encourage you to join the Club. There are many interesting activities we run on a regular basis for you and your new companion - in particular, you may want to refer to our training section. You may also receive an application form to join the Victorian Canine Association, which entitles you to compete for conformation, endurance, and obedience titles.