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AKC Suspensions -
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Dog Registries

When buying a purebred dog, one of the first things people ask is "Is he registered?" Instead, they should be asking "What does registered mean?"

What does "registered" mean?

According the the American Heritage Dictionary, as it pertains to dogs it means:

reg·is·tered (rj-strd) adj.

2. Having the pedigree recorded and verified by an authorized association of breeders: a registered golden retriever.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
At one time, being registered normally meant a dog was registered with the American Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club but all of that changed with the use of DNA. In the summer of 2000, AKC began its mandatory requirement that all sires (used frequently) have a DNA sample on file with the AKC. Read more about AKC's DNA program.

AKC had long required breeders to undergo compliance inspections and had suspended thousands of breeders for failing to abide by AKC's rules and regulations. Both AKC and UKC suspended those convicted of cruelty to animals. These suspensions did not stop breeders from breeding, it simply forced them to use the lesser known registries with less stringent requirements for registering dogs.

When AKC started requiring DNA, the commercial dog industry (breeders that sell dogs through wholesale channels, such as brokers and petshops) decided to boycott AKC. When it was discovered that the buying public didn't know and/or care what registry a puppy was registered with (they only wanted "registered" puppies), the barn door swung open and out poured dozens of new dog registries.

Below is a list of known registries. Take the time to visit each registry. Most require very little information or proof of identity in order to register a dog. When considering a purebred dog, ask yourself the following questions of the type of registry the dog is sold with.

   1. How old is the registry?
   2. Do they only register purebred dogs?
   3. Do they sponsor dog events, such as dog shows?
   4. Do they set acceptable standards for each breed?
   5. Do they require DNA to prove parentage?
   6. Do they keep stud books for producing pedigrees on dogs?
   7. Is there a phone number that you can reach them at?
   8. Do the encourage responsible breeding and proper care of dogs?
   9. Do they conduct random inspections on breeders?
  10. Do they suspend and/or revoke breeders?

(information below updated 12/7/05)
ACA  AMERICAN CANINE ASSOCIATION
ACHC  AMERICAN CANINE HYBRID CLUB
ACR  AMERICAN CANINE REGISTRY
AKC  AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB
APA  AMERICAN PUREBRED ASSOCIATION
APR  AMERICAN PUREBRED REGISTRY
APRI  AMERICA'S PET REGISTRY INC.
ARF  ANIMAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION
ARU  ANIMAL REGISTRY UNLIMITED
CKC  CONTINENTAL KENNEL CLUB (Do not confuse this registry with the Canadian Kennel Club
DRA  DOG REGISTRY OF AMERICA - FORMERLY U.S. KENNEL CLUB
FCI  Federation Cynologique Internationale
FIC  FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL CANINES
IPDBA  INTERNATIONAL PROGRESSIVE DOG BREEDER'S ALLIANCE
NAMBR  NORTH AMERICAN MIXED BREED REGISTRY
NAPDR  NORTH AMERICAN PUREBRED DOG REGISTRY
NKC  NATIONAL KENNEL CLUB
UABR  UNITED ALL BREED REGISTRY
UAKC  UNITED AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB
UKC  UNITED KENNEL CLUB
UKCI  UNITED KENNEL CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
UKCI  UNIVERSAL KENNEL CLUB INTERNATIONAL
WKC  WORLD KENNEL CLUB
WWKC  WORLD WIDE KENNEL CLUB

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