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Imported Frozen Semen

Guidelines for the registration of litters resulting from Artificial Insemination

  • Schedule 2 Reg. 4.5 – In the case of a dog bred by means of artificial insemination properly authenticated documentary evidence of ownership of the donor semen, collection of the donor semen and insemination of the donor semen is required by the Kennel Union. In the case of dual sire mating, the entire litter will be required to be DNA parentage verified against both sires used.
  • Schedule 2 Reg.4.4In the case of those breeds listed in Appendix “C” to this Schedule the Sire and Dam shall comply with the specific requirements detailed.

Here are the KUSA requirements to be met for registration purposes:

Importation of Frozen Semen

Prior to importing any frozen semen, it is strongly recommended that members consult with a veterinary fertility service and/or consult with the State Veterinary Services to establish health test requirements in order to attain the required Veterinary Import Permit.

Contact: Directorate of Veterinary Services Import – Export Policy Unit Private Bag X 138, Pretoria, 001
Tel: 012 319 7514
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Semen Collection & Storage Certificate

  1. The collection certificate must be on an official letterhead with the contact details of the Veterinary Institution / Service where insemination took place;
  2. Donor Dog details – Breed, Full registered name, KUSA Registration Number, Microchip number, Tattoo number/Colour, Date of Birth;
  3. Details of Owner(s) of the donor dog at time of collection  – Title, Initials, Surname, Address, Email, Telephone number;
  4. Semen Collection Details: Date(s) of collection, Number of straws collected, ID Label markings of straws, form of storage (pellets, ampules, vials, straws);
  5. Signed Declaration from Veterinarian – Confirming that the donor dog was positively identified via microchip & semen was collected and stored. (Electronic/Digital signatures accepted);
  6. Signature of Owner(s) – Witness and approval of collection & storage. Signature of all owners of donor dog required;
  7. A template of a Semen Collection Certificate can be download here or attained from the KUSA Office.

Confirmation of Ownership of Donor Semen

  1. Written approval bearing a signature and contact details of the owner of the overseas donor dog confirming that the semen was purchased for the purpose of artificial insemination by the applicant. (Title, Initials, Surname & South African address of the applicant is required)
  2. The name of the owner(s) of the sire must coincide with the name of the owner(s) recorded on the Certified Pedigree/ Certificate of Registration issued by a recognised Kennel Club.
  3. Number of straws sold, date of sale & transfer of ownership & ID Label markings of the straws must be declared and linked to the Semen Collection.
  4. Certificate (Certificate reference number or date).
  5. A template of a Confirmation of Ownership declaration can be attained from the KUSA Office or can be downloaded here: Confirmation of Ownership of Donor Semen.

Alternatively, the owner of the overseas donor dog must sign the official KUSA application form for the registration of a complete litter. The name of the owner(s) of the sire must coincide with the name of the owner(s) recorded on the Certified Pedigree/Certificate of Registration issued by the overseas Kennel Club.

Certified Pedigree of Donor Dog

  1. Copy of Certificate of Registration or Certified Pedigree of donor dog (providing 3 generations of ancestry) issued by a foreign Kennel Club in reciprocity with or recognised by the Kennel Union of Southern Africa (KUSA);
  2. Legible, clear copy of the complete certified pedigree is required (original certified pedigree is not required);
  3. Donor dog must be microchipped & microchip number must appear on Certified Pedigree or Certificate of Registration;
  4. If the name of the owner of the donor dog does not appear on the Certificate of Registration/Certified Pedigree, a separate Certificate of Ownership issued by the overseas Kennel Club will be required (e.g. Kennel Club UK & American Kennel Club);
  5. When the owner of the foreign registered sire declared on the Certified Pedigree differs from the owner of the donor semen declared on the semen collection certificate, written confirmation will be required from the registered owner of the donor dog confirming that the donor semen is the rightful property of the person named on the semen collection certificate – Download the Confirmation of Ownership of Donor Semen template here.

Certificate of Insemination

  1. A certificate of insemination must be placed on a letterhead with the contact details of the Veterinary Institution / Service where insemination took place
  2. Details of Bitch inseminated – Breed, Full registered name, KUSA Registration Number, Microchip number, Tattoo number/Colour, Date of Birth;
  3. Name of Owner(s) of Bitch – Title, Initials, Surname
  4. Signature of Owner(s) – Witness and approval of insemination. Signature of all owners of the dam is required.
  5. Donor Dog details – Breed, Full registered name, KUSA Registration Number, Microchip number, Tattoo number/Colour, Date of Birth, Semen Collection Date
  6. Signed Declaration from Veterinarian – confirming the Bitch was positively identified via microchip, number of straws used, confirming identification of donor semen straw labels & storage facility, date(s) insemination was performed & method of insemination used. (Digital/electronic signatures accepted).
  7. A template of a Certificate of Insemination can be downloaded here or attained from the KUSA Office.

Application for Registration of a Complete Litter

  1. The application form must be completed & signed by all owners of the dam & sire. Download the application form here.
  2. Indicate on the application form – mating by Artificial Insemination.
  3. Signature for the witness of mating not required. (Certificate of Insemination will bear required signatures).
  4. Owner(s) of the dam must be current members of KUSA & Kennel Name must be registered & current if kennel name is to be used as a prefix. Dam must be registered with KUSA & must be micro chipped.
  5. Owner(s) of the Sire must be current members of KUSA.
  6. Sire must be registered with KUSA or by a KUSA recognised registry & must be microchipped.
  7. Signature of the REGISTERED owner of the donor dog is not required if acceptable documentation is submitted confirming that the donor semen was purchased & is rightfully owned by the applicant(s), details of which correspond to and are recorded on the application form. (Confirmation of Ownership of Donor Semen).
  8. In the case where donor semen has not been sold & remains the property of the registered owner of the donor dog, the registered owner will be required to sign the application form as the owner of the sire.
  9. All puppies in the litter must be microchipped (microchip certificates must be attached to application form. Microchip certificate must record name of person that did implantation of the microchip & date of implantation).

Breed Specific Registration Requirements

(Refer to Schedule 2 Appendix C, E)

Setter (Irish) – Donor sire must be CLEAR or INHERITED CLEAR for CLAD/PRA rcd 1/LOPRA rcd 4
Setter (Red & White) – Donor sire must be CLEAR or INHERITED CLEAR for CLAD/ Vwd
Setter (Gordon) – donor sire must be CLEAR or INHERITED CLEAR for LOPRA rcd 4

Rottweilers – Refer to Schedule 2 Appendix C & E

  • The donor sire must have been screened for HD & ED. HD &ED screening must have been done after the donor sire reached the age of 12 months.
  • Only FCI / ADRK grading’s will be accepted & HD results will only be accepted from FCI recognised institutions & Veterinary Universities (Refer to KUSA Office or Rottweiler Breed Council for more specific details)
  • The donor sire must have been over the age of 18 months at the time the semen was collected.
  • The donor sire HD grade may not be lower than C2:C2 (refer to Schedule 2 App C for acceptable dam to sire HD combinations)

German Shepherd Dogs – Refer to Schedule 2 Appendix C

  • The donor sire must have been over the age of 18 months at the time the semen was collected
  • The donor sire must have been screened for HD & ED 
  • The donor sire HD grade may not be less than C2 (refer to Schedule 2 App C for acceptable dam to sire HD combinations)
  • The donor sire must have been DNA profiled.

Alaskan Malamute – Refer to Schedule 2 Appendix C

  • The donor sire must have been screened for HD
  • The donor sire HD grade may not be lower than C2:C2 (refer to Schedule 2 App C for acceptable dam to sire HD combinations)

Dobermann – Refer to Schedule 2 Appendix C

  • The donor sire must have been screened for HD
  • The donor sire HD grade may not be lower than B2:B2 (refer to Schedule 2 App C for acceptable dam to sire HD combinations)

Giant Schnauzers – Refer to Schedule 2 Appendix C

  • The donor sire must have been screened for HD
  • The donor sire HD grade may not be lower than C2:C2 (refer to Schedule 2 App C for acceptable dam to sire HD combinations)

Rhodesian Ridgebacks – Refer to Schedule 2 Appendix C

  • The donor sire must have been screened for HD
  • The donor sire HD grade may not be lower than B1:B1 (refer to Schedule 2 App C for acceptable dam to sire HD combinations)

Weimaraner – Refer to Schedule 2 Appendix C

  • The donor sire must have been screened for HD
  • The donor sire HD grade may not be lower than C2:C2 (refer to Schedule 2 App C for acceptable dam to sire HD combinations)

Biewer Terrier – Refer to Schedule 2 Appendix C

  • The donor sire must have been DNA profiled by an ISAG laboratory & parentage verified via DNA parentage verification
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