Because allowing buyers to change the name forces breeders to register and name each puppy
in a litter in order to protect their
breeding program? Could be. At $25 per name change,
that could amount to $millions in previously lost
breeders don't individually register each puppy, new or subsequent
owners can change the name, including removal of your unregistered
kennel name. If however, you have registered and named each puppy,
AKC promises to get your permission before allowing them to rename
the pet puppy.
Only dedicated breeders who
have a kennel name to protect will care. And care they will
when their kennel name starts showing up on non-related puppy mill breeding
AKC's "Name Change Rule" should have been front page news
in March but
amazingly, The Dog Press was the only publication that thought it
interesting. We presented the official press release
but it wasn't until we connected the rule change with AKC's decision to allow
Registration of Non-Registered Dogs
that the circle was complete.
Here's how it works. In case
you didn't register your kennel name and each puppy in every litter,
anyone can "get the papers" through AKC's new "Administrative
Pedigree Research Service". Even if you sold the puppy as a
pet and withheld the papers so it couldn't be bred. (Right.
We used to do it that way.) They can then sell the dog to a
breeding factory or they can breed it themselves.
It doesn't matter if you withheld
papers! It probably isn't stretching imagination to say
someone could go to a breed rescue or shelter, adopt what looks like
a purebred dog, say they lost its papers, provide a dummied up
pedigree (available online) and get AKC registration papers.
Has it been done? No one will ever know because AKC does not
require any proof of purchase, or breed, or of quality. Just a
Okay you register every puppy so
it doesn't concern you. Think not? Unless you paid AKC
for a registered kennel name, with the name change rule, any
puppy mill can add your well known kennel name to increase progeny
price and salability. Remember, Hunte has a huge foreign
market. Still not worried?
Did you know that puppies have
been falsely registered as sired by
big-name champions? (ref #2) Easy enough,
Whole litters have been fabricated using AKC registration numbers
right out of show catalogs. Yep. That too. But who
cares? In the overall scheme of things, health, genetics,
quality; none of that seems to matter to today's AKC.
Here is AKC's new ruling
that they are pleased to announce and even happier to provide. When
you have read it, scroll to the end for gold
links and to get the
to help you explain it to your friends because they won't
believe you otherwise.
March 2008 - New
York, NY- The American Kennel Club® (AKC) is pleased to announce a
registration rule change that now allows owners of AKC registered
dogs to change the official name of their pet. Dogs are eligible if
they were born in the U.S., have never been bred, or have not won
any awards at an AKC event.
"We have a lot of interest from AKC registered dog owners looking to
rename their dogs," said David Roberts, AKC's Assistant Vice
President of Registration. "In most cases, the dog is a beloved pet
and the owner would like to pick a name that has special value to
them. The new rule allows owners to change the name when
transferring their AKC registered dog, or to request a name change
at any time."
Previously, a policy was in place that only allowed the owner to
change a dog's name if the dog had been individually registered by
its breeder and the request was accompanied by written permission
from the breeder. The new regulation reads:
"The name of a dog registered with The American Kennel Club will be
allowed to be changed provided the dog was whelped in the United
States and in cases where the breeder(s) first individually
registered the dog, their written consent would be required. A dog
name containing a Registered Kennel Name cannot be changed without
the written consent of the owner(s) of that Registered Kennel Name.
However, no change in the name will be recorded by The American
Kennel Club after the dog has produced or sired an AKC registered
litter or received an award at an AKC licensed or member event.
Any name change must comply with all AKC requirements."
The service fee for a name change is $25. The Dog Name Change
Authorization form is located online at
http://www.akc.org/pdfs/ADCG01.pdf The completed form can be
faxed to the AKC at: 919-816-4261 or mailed to the address on the
is followed by the standard tag line to which we have added
bold emphasis as a reminder of AKC’s stated purpose and service
to the fancy.)
American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit
organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred
dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in
the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the
integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred
dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its nearly 5,000
licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC
advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion,
advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights
of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than
20,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held
under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation,
agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing,
coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate
AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health
Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the
Dog. For more information, visit
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