About Dog Registries and Kennel Clubs
All personal comments and opinions of mine from putting information together from here and there. When I started
breeding poodles I had so many questions. About AKC, APRI and other Kennel Clubs / Registry. Here I have tried to answer my
questions and more.
I did most of my homework on the internet. If a kennel club is not on the internet (those are few), you can
usually at least find an address on the internet and write them for information. Avoid any kennel club on which you can't
get any information at all.
What is a registry?
Dog registries keep records about dogs. A registry will record information such as the dog's name, breed,
color, who owns him. They will track this information with a registration number. These records usually also include a pedigree,
and any titles earned by any of the dogs involved. Sometimes it now includes DNA profiles. These records are sometimes collectively
known as a dog's "papers".
What's a Kennel Club? Breed Club?
A kennel club (known as a kennel council or canine council in some countries) is an organization for canine
affairs that concerns itself with the welfare, promotion, and maintenance of more than one breed of dog. A club that handles
only one breed is known as a breed club. All-encompassing kennel clubs are also referred to as ‘all-breed clubs’.
Although that means all purebred dogs, not including dog hybrids and crossbreeds or mixed breeds.
Kennel clubs can be for working dogs or show dogs. They maintain breed standards, accreditation of judges,
and registries, which are lists of adult purebred dogs and lists of litters of puppies born to purebred parents.
Kennel Clubs are registries. The terms are often used interchangeably. There are also local dog clubs also
called kennel clubs, who are not registries. However the local Club will be affiliated with A Kennel Club / Registry. The
Local dog clubs are the groups that put on dog shows and trials.
Okey I now see AKC, APRI, ACA , ect. . .. are really just Registry! So one could say
Only education can change things . Be aware of what you are really getting when you buy a registered dog.
As you will see, registration often means nothing. If a pup is backed up by a good purebred pedigree, health screened parents,
and a caring, honest, and responsible breeder who takes pride in the pups they have produces, then you can also take pride
in what your dog's papers represent!
One can buy a AKC puppy from a “puppy mill “ just as they can from a good Breeder. But, I guess,
just because they can have “AKC Papers “ the public thinks they are getting a top of the line dog. Even the AKC
makes millions from registering these puppies. There have been enough problems with inaccurate or falsified pedigrees that
the AKC now requires DNA testing on some dogs. APRI also requires DNA testing. Which I thank is a very good thing. United
Kennel Club has been promoting DNA testing for several years.
However, all registries will still usually just take a breeder's word that a pedigree is accurate, and this
sometimes leads to inaccurate or fraudulent papers on a dog.
Some registries promote the welfare of dogs better than others. The better kennel clubs have gone beyond their
original recording function, and will also provide means to show and trial dogs, promote education, health, and the general
welfare of dogs.
I am still working on this chart.
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American Canine Association
America's largest veterinary health tracking purebred canine registry.
American Kennel Club
Most of us have know the name AKC and the AKC Dog Shows. AKC ( American Kennel Club) Maintains a registry
for purebred dogs. BUT,there are others which have been around for a number of years. They do DNA testing.
America’s Pet Registry,Inc.
APRI (America’s Pet Registry, Inc.) Is an internationally recognized nonprofit association of responsible
pet owners, breeders, distributors, veterinarians, retailers, pet product manufacturers, and other concerned parties dedicated
to the humane care of animals, the preservation of quality bloodlines, and individual’s right to pet ownership. APRI
also hold Dog Shows. Which I really enjoy.
Do DNA on all the show dogs.
American Purebred Registry
APR has been in the business of registering purebred, full-blooded doga since 1979.
Continental Kennel Club
The CKC is an all-breed kennel club, founded in 1991, and as grown into an international club. With its phenomenal
rate of growth, CKC is quickly becoming the people's choice for quality dogs.
In reading more I found out this information. You can Believe it or Not.
The Continental Kennel Club became popular when AKC decided to crack down on puppy mills. AKC has made breeding
males to many females harder, because they now require DNA testing for all males bred more than 4 times a year or 6 times
in a life. This has made it hard for mills to use other dogs AKC papers and CLAIM that really nice AKC dog was the sire, when
it really wasn't that dog at all.
So, what do the Mills do to avoid all this mess?? They look for another registration to snowball the public. People
don't know that one kind is better than another. All they care about is Papers, which they know is suppose to be good to have
on their "pure bred dog."
Canadian Kennel Club
CKC (Canadian Kennel Club), founded in 1888, is at the center of the world of purebred dogs in Canada. Advancing
the interests of purebred dogs and their responsible owners and breeders in Canada”
Currently recognize over 160 breeds and as a non-profit organization are dedicated to "encouraging, guiding,
and advancing…the interests of purebred dogs and their responsible owners and breeders in Canada" and "promoting the
knowledge and understanding of the benefits which dogs can bring to Canadian society…"
They are incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act
United Kennel Club
With 250,000 registrations annually, the United Kennel Club is the second oldest and second largest all-breed
dog registry in the United States. Founded in 1898 by Chauncey Z. Bennett, the registry has always supported the idea of the
"total dog", meaning a dog that looks and performs equally well. The performance programs of U.K.C. include Conformation Shows,
Obedience Trials, Agility Trials, Coonhound Field Trials, Water Races, Nite Hunts and Bench Shows, hunting tests for the retrieving
breeds, beagle events including Hunts and Bench Shows, and, for Cur and Feist Squirrel and Coon Events, and Bench Shows. Essentially,
the U.K.C. world of dogs is a working world. That's the way founder Chauncey Bennett designed it, and that's the way it remains
Universal Kennel Club international
The UKCI is the fastest growing registry Service, meeting the Pet industry's needs in the Communication Age.
They register over 400 breeds, and list more breeders and more free services, benefits and valuable assistace than any other
Established 1938. Besides being one of the oldest dog registries in America, Universal
is becoming the most recognized. We are he "original" registry for many breeds and the first "All Breed" registry in America.
Universal recognized and registered many breeds before any other registry.
Always working hard to remain the number 1 registry in customer service and satisfaction. By maintaining high
standards and always ready to change the industry for the benefit of pet lovers, Universal and its members are growing in
Cat Fanciers' Association
The world's largest registry of pedigreed cats!
CFA has a number of programs that invite and encourage participation in the cat fancy, such as Junior Showmanship
and our Mentor Program.
The International Cat Association
Is the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed and non-pedigreed cats.