What is a registration association?
A pet registration association is basically a
company that keeps track of pedigrees in exchange for money. When a dog is
registered by its owner, the pet registration association issues a printed
paper as proof of registration. These associations may also offer shows for
dog owners to compete in, which can be a fun hobby and also a method to
determine quality for breeders.
Pet registration associations do NOT
ensure that the dogs they register are of good quality or good health.
Therefore, it is
up to breeders and pet owners to make sure their dogs are of good quality.
All pet registration associations have good and poor dogs in their registry.
Pet registration associations may also offers
shows, which pet owners can participate in. Some pet association shows are
highly competitive, and are not fun for the newcomer. Some are very fun for
newcomers and experienced show people alike.
If you are interested in showing, do some
research and contact people that show a variety of breeds in associations to
learn about the atmosphere, costs, etc.
Common Associations for Dog Registration
Some of our dogs are also UKC registered in
addition to other associations (dual and triple registered), and
I believe that all of our dogs qualify for UKC registry.
UKC is a fantastic association...in our
opinion, probably the best association for anyone wanting to show their dog
in a performance event. They are the oldest all-breed performance dog
registry in the world. They sponsor over 15,000 events each year (as of
APRI is a good registry for beginning show
families. People that show in APRI are much more friendly and helpful than many that show in AKC,
as they do it as a fun hobby instead of having the goal to win high awards.
Since most people that adopt or buy puppies
will never show or breed, we like APRI for its friendly staff and the ease
at which you can ask questions and get answers.
APRI does not register cross-bred ("designer
breeds") dogs, and only supports the breeding of purebred dogs. We
think this is a responsible stance, and applaud APRI for not encouraging
Limited AKC registration would mean
that the dog could not be used to breed for puppies that would be AKC
registered, and can not be shown in breeding-conformation classes.
Full AKC registration is
allowable if a puppy's parents are both AKC registered. This would allow a
puppy to be used as a breeding and/or show dog if the new owner desires.
We usually offer Limited AKC registration for our puppies whose
parents are both AKC registered. We have found that most people requesting AKC registration
are breeders...some honestly admitting it, and others trying to sneak it
past us. For this reason, we will want to talk to you about your
intentions, facilities, etc. if you ask for full AKC registration.
registration ensure that a puppy is of good quality?
This is directly from the AKC web site (2013):
"There is a widely held belief that "AKC" or "AKC papers" guarantee the
quality of a dog. This is not the case. AKC is a registry body. A
registration certificate identifies the dog as the offspring of a known sire
and dam, born on a known date. It in no way indicates the quality or state
of health of the dog."