Before buying dog, ask for AKC
Posted on Tue, Nov. 07, 2006
• The American Kennel Club says it often hears from disappointed
consumers who thought their newly purchased puppy could be registered
with the AKC only to learn that the pup isn't eligible. Some owners
claim they were intentionally misled by a puppy seller who implied the
dog was AKC-registrable and later sent them ''papers'' from another
registry -- or sent no papers at all.
Disreputable breeders and/or deceptive retailers take advantage of puppy
buyers who don't bother with the critical step of researching into the
breed prior to buying. Purebred dogs are expensive, and a large part of
what you pay for is the dog's pedigree, which is proof of its heritage
as a member of its breed. It gives the owner insight into the dog's
eventual appearance, temperament and suitability to the owner's
According to the AKC, there are more than 20 different canine registries
providing these papers, each with varying standards and registration
criteria. AKC requirements, in particular those relating to proper
breeding and care of an AKC-registrable dog, are too demanding for many
breeders -- especially if they are only out to make a buck -- so they
register the pups elsewhere. The AKC, a not-for-profit organization,
says many of the alternative registries are for-profit businesses with
no stringent inspections programs to monitor the care of the dogs, and
they register dogs with little or no proof of heritage.
The AKC's website explains the difference between the ''registration''
of a purebred dog and its ''papers,'' as well as how to ensure you get
what you pay for at:
Puppy Buyer Fact Sheet.
For More Information on AKC and The Stud Book,
read Virginia O'Conner -
on the AKC Corporation
Scot McNeal -
And Still MORE on the AKC Corporation