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AKC Registration, What does it mean and what it doesn't mean

What AKC Registration Means:

  1. Pedigree Record: AKC registration signifies that a dog's ancestry has been documented and verified. The registration papers provide information about the dog's lineage, including the names of its parents and often its grandparents.

  2. Breed Recognition: Dogs registered with the AKC are recognized as purebred dogs of a specific breed. This recognition is essential for maintaining the integrity and standards of various dog breeds.

  3. Participation in AKC Events: Registered dogs can participate in AKC-sanctioned events such as dog shows, obedience trials, agility competitions, and field trials. These events are often restricted to registered purebred dogs.

4. Breeding Rights: Owners of registered dogs may choose to breed their dogs and register the offspring with the AKC, continuing the breed's lineage.

5. Transfer of Ownership: The registration papers can be used to officially transfer ownership of the dog from one person to another. This process ensures that the dog's new owner can participate in AKC events and breeding programs.

What AKC Registration Doesn't Mean:

  1. Quality or Health Guarantee: AKC registration does not guarantee the health, quality, or temperament of the dog. It only confirms the dog's lineage and breed.

  2. Training or Behavior Certification: Registration does not assess or certify a dog's training, behavior, or suitability as a pet or working dog. Dogs may have a wide range of personalities and temperaments, regardless of their registration status.

  3. Freedom from Genetic Disorders: It does not guarantee that the dog is free from genetic or hereditary health issues commonly found in certain breeds. Responsible breeders should conduct health screenings to reduce the risk of such issues.

  4. Ethical Breeding Practices: AKC registration alone does not ensure that the dog was bred by a responsible and ethical breeder who prioritizes the health and well-being of the dogs. Buyers should do their research when choosing a breeder.

  5. Exclusivity: While AKC registration is a standard for many purebred dogs, it's not the only breed registry, and not all purebred dogs are AKC-registered. Some breeds may be registered with other reputable organizations.

In summary, AKC registration primarily provides documentation of a dog's pedigree and breed, allowing it to participate in AKC events and breeding programs. It does not guarantee the d0g's health, quality, or behavior, nor does it assess the ethical practices of the breeder. Responsible ownership involves considering many factors beyond registration when choosing and caring for a dog. For a complete list of rules, regulations and policies visit

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