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UKC 'PR' PURPLE RIBBON DEFINITION OF TERMS
Purple Ribbon ('PR') Pedigree. In the early part of the 1930s, UKC
registered and trademarked with the United States Department of
Commerce the Purple Ribbon Pedigree. This pedigree is only offered by
the United Kennel Club, Inc., and is the mark of the United Kennel Club
purebred dog. The Purple Ribbon designation is awarded to eligible dogs
at birth by the United Kennel Club and is signified in all UKC records by
the letters 'PR' appearing before the dog's name.
Purple Ribbon-bred dogs have six generations of known ancestors and
all 14 ancestors within the last three generations must be registered with
UKC (indicated by all 14 ancestors having registration numbers). The
absence of a UKC registration number shows that there are some
single-registered dogs in the pedigree and no 'PR' pedigree will be issued.
Breeders who wish to produce Purple Ribbon-bred puppies must
either: breed Purple Ribbon-registered males to Purple Ribbon-registered
females, thereby assuring that the offspring will carry this prestigious
designation; or carefully research the pedigrees of potential sires and
dams that are not Purple Ribbon bred. If an unregistered ancestor is in
the third generation of a sire or dam's pedigree, it is possible for that sire
or dam to produce a first generation Purple Ribbon-bred litter. If one or
more single-registered dogs appear in the first or second generation of
the sire or dam's pedigree, the offspring will not be Purple Ribbon bred.
The registration certificates and pedigrees of Purple Ribbon-bred
dogs bear the official 'PR'. The ancestors of Purple Ribbon-bred dogs can
be traced for six generations and possibly more-perhaps to the foundation
stock of the breed.