Breed Warden & Tattooer Regulations


What is the purpose of a K9 breed warden system?

The K9 breed warden system is designed to facilitate the quick and easy registration of dogs. The breed warden system also facilitates the collection of K9 data and dissemination of information with respect to the rules, regulations standards and notices of the FCRTT. This system of registering dogs, breeders, kennels and clubs is successfully at work in Europe and other parts of the world. Though there may be subtle differences in the program from country to country, the concept and effect is the same, which is the establishment and implementation of codes of ethics, designed to elevate the standard of breeding practices and eliminate fraudulent registration of dogs.

Who is a breed warden?

A breed warden is any person above the age of eighteen who is appointed by the FCRTT to carry out the functions of a breed warden. The potential breed warden should be someone who is active within the K9 fraternity and who is knowledgeable about dogs in general. Most importantly He or She has a desire to elevate the status and welfare of dogs as a whole.

What are the functions of a breed warden?

The breed warden’s main function is the identification and registration of dogs through visual identification, tattoo id, microchip id and DNA. The breed warden may visit breeders and their kennel facility for the purpose of tattooing or micro-chipping or DNA collection of dogs or vice-versa. He may issue temporary certificates of registration. He may also inspect and certify kennel facilities based on the FCRTT’s standards. He shares critical information with FCRTT recognized veterinarians to ensure proper registration of dogs.

How does it actually work?

Trinidad and Tobago shall be divided into ten (10) sub-districts of the FCRTT with nine in Trinidad and one in Tobago. Each sub-district shall have a minimum of two (2) senior breed wardens and four junior wardens and two or more FCRTT recognized veterinarians. Any dog may be registered with the FCRTT according to the FCRTT’s classification of dogs, meaning, Class ‘A’, ‘B’, or ‘C’.

A Breeder may make a request for the Breed Warden to visit his kennel or the Breeder may go to the Breed Warden. Breeders should advise the Breed Warden of their intention to breed a bitch. This will enable the Breed Warden to establish a schedule for his work. The Breed Warden and or his juniors may supervise matting’s and make periodic checks with the breeder for updates on the bitch. A record of the number of matting’s done by a Sire can be established.

The Breed Warden shall advise the breeder of FCRTT standards and regulations as may be necessary. The Breed Warden shall ensure puppies or dogs are properly tattooed and or micro-chipped and or DNA’d as is required. The breed warden shall make any special remarks in writing. The breed Warden must ensure that all dogs to be registered are examined by an FCRTT recognized veterinarian who shall sign the appropriate FCRTT form/certificate. The Breed Warden shall present to the FCRTT document/s bearing the signature of the owner/breeder, the FCRTT veterinarian and himself in order to facilitate the completion of the registration process.

The owner/breeder shall pay the breed Warden, such fees for his service as is suggested by the FCRTT. A breed warden shall observe his jurisdiction carefully and direct owners or breeders of dogs to their allocated wardens as may become necessary.

Breed wardens shall meet as a group, at least once per month to share information and discuss issues arising out of their work and make monthly reports to the FCRTT. The breed wardens shall by ballot, vote one of their group to the post of Chief Breed Warden.

The FCRTT shall at all times keep and maintain a list of its wardens by number and location. The FCRTT may from time to time increase or decrease the number of wardens and FCRTT recognized veterinarians but shall not have less than the minimum as stated above.

Each breed warden shall acquire the necessary equipment and devices for the effective functioning of their duties.

A Breed Warden who is a breeder may carry out the functions of a Breed Warden in respect of a litter or dog owned or produced by him/her however the dog must be inspected and Breed Warden documents co signed by a senior Breed Warden.


Breed Warden Tattoo System

The tattoo system to be used by official FCRTT breed wardens would be a seven digit code preferably stamped on the inside of the right ear of the animal.

If stamping a tattoo on the right ear is not possible then another location can be used at the discretion of the breed warden.

The Digits of the Tattoo will indicate as follows

1st two Digits – Indicates the County in which the breeder or kennel that produced the litter is located.

If the owner of the dog cannot determine the location of the kennel from which the dog was produced then the location of the owner would be used.

3 rd digit – Indicates the name of the litter

4 th and 5 th Digits – Indicates the Breeder identification code.

6 th and 7 th – indicates the number of that particular puppy in that litter.

If an animal has already been tattooed using a code that is different from that outlined by the FCRTT the breed warden can request that the animal be re tattooed using the approved system.


The Counties are coded as follows:

St. George – A1

St. David – A3

St. Andrews – B3

Caroni – B2

Nariva – D2

Victoria – C2

Mayaro – D3

St. Patrick – C1

Tobago – D4