What does AKC mean as far as assurance of puppy?
The purpose or registration is to maintain a pedigree, just a family tree proving the dog is purebred. Nothing else! It doesn’t claim to guarantee quality or husbandry. Their conformation shows prove quality, and it is up to you to make sure the breeder is taking good care of the dogs, and that they are ensuring health by studying the pedigree and doing health screening beyond vet care. It is not the AKCs fault people misuse it. There is only so much they can do. It is the consumers job to research and understand that AKC registration alone is nothing more than proof of ancestry, and even then the papers can be fudged by bad breeders. They do require that the dam and sire be registered, it can’t just be that the dogs “look” like Labs, but like I said dishonest people still find ways around things and it is on the consumer to look at the whole picture. There are worse registries out there.
Really all it means is that the dogs are registered with the AKC. Irresponsible breeders often register dogs that are not purebred by registering them as whatever they look most like. So if they have Lab x Springer mix dogs and they look mostly like labs they will register them as labs with the AKC so that they can sell their pups for more money. Responsible, reputable breeders don’t register to make money. They don’t even breed to make money. They breed to better and promote their breed. Many breeders sell show/breeding quality dogs with a contract and no money.
AS several people pointed out basically AKC registration means little except that the parents were registered and the dog is purebred -assuming the breeder didn’t “cheat” and lie about that to the AKC (and yes AKC DOES have penalties should someone be caught at it) HOWEVER do keep in mind virtually ALL reputable breeders have AKC registered dogs (exceptions would be a few rare breed registries) so NOT having AKC registry is a bad sign!
AKC is as you read AND…. It also is a support group.. AKC is a group of purebred dog owners to date. A Rep from AKC DOES in fact visit the home of breeders who produce many litters. They require the DNA on frequently used sires. AKC enforces rules not talked about on a daily basis… Like a male must be 9mo. old or a female must be 2 yrs old to have a litter of pups…..show-rings. Rules in the showring like NO HAIRSPRAY!!! They support breeders who want to better the quality of the AKC list of Dog Breeds… And so on… It is a good group of people who love dogs and care about the well being of each.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) is the oldest purebred dog registry in the US. AKC registered more than 1.3 million purebred dogs and more than 550 thousand litters in its 145 breeds in 1997. The top 10 breeds (Labrador Retriever, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Poodle, Beagle, Dachshund, Cocker Spaniel, Yorkshire terrier, and Pomeranian) accounted for more than 560 thousand of the total individual registrations. Most people who breed purebred dogs claim some affiliation with a registry as a seal of quality for their puppies. Many use that affiliation as a marketing tool, but buyers often learn the hard way that an AKC puppy purchased from a pet store or a backyard breeder is highly unlikely to be of the same caliber as an AKC registered puppy purchased from a reliable breeder.