The United Canine Association (UCA) offers breeders the option to protect the exclusive use and rights of their kennel’s name in the naming of UCA registered dogs via our UCA Kennel Name Program. 

Kennel names of distinguished and notable breeders historically were recognized as early as the late 1800’s by notable registries and kennel clubs. 

When a kennel name is registered, the United Canine Association (UCA) will exercise reasonable care in protecting the name for the exclusive use with the UCA for registration purposes within the state of the individual (s) to whom it has been registered. 

A UCA registered kennel name is protected in all positions of a UCA registered dog’s name. 

For example, if the name “Rio Bravo Bulldogges” was a United Canine Association (UCA) registered kennel name, then the name could not appear anywhere in the name of a dog without the written permission of the UCA registered owner of that particular kennel name. 

Further, a dog or litter cannot be registered with the use of a kennel name as its owner of part of its registered name unless the kennel name has been registered prior with the United Canine Association (UCA).