The American Kennel Club (AKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC) are the
oldest and most recognized purebred dog registries in America. It is easy to turn your
anger towards them and ask, "Why do they let puppy mills register their
puppies?" but you must put things into perspective.
Let's say that you just spent $20,000 on a brand new car. In the first
month of owning it, it broke down six times, had 2 flat tires and only got 5 miles to the
gallon of gasoline. Who would you call? Who would you blame? Who would you expect to be
responsible for making sure that car company didn't do this to someone else? The car
company itself? The dealership? The Better Business Bureau? A lawyer? Your elected
Whom ever you choose to call, I would bet that you don't call the
license bureau? AKC and UKC are the equivalent of the Department of Motor Vehicles. So,
while it is easy to turn your anger toward AKC and UKC, you must look at the alternatives.
Since DNA became available for identifying the lineage of dogs, AKC has
begun to do random DNA testing when inspecting kennels. In Missouri, where 1/3 of
the Countries puppies are produced, DNA testing and AKC inspections are resulting in an
alarming number of suspensions.
The problem with AKC suspensions is that they don't put a breeder out
of business. More often than not, a suspension from AKC or UKC does not even mean
that the person will stop dealing in AKC and UKC registered dogs.
At an auction I attended with KOMU TV of Columbia Missouri, Macon
Missouri breeder/broker Don Foster sold several dogs with both UKC and AKC registration.
Don Foster had been revoked from all AKC and UKC privileges for life!
I also worked with another media source (not yet aired, so I can not
disclose the information) where we went to a puppy mill undercover and purchased two AKC
registered dogs. This breeder was under a 10 year suspension from AKC at the time.
So who do you trust? It is sad to say that for now we must put
our trust in AKC and UKC. As long as we are educated and take the time to properly
search for a reputable breeder, we have a pretty good chance of obtaining a healthy puppy
that was raised in a healthy environment.
The most disturbing part of the AKC crackdown that is underway now,
is the 'fly-by-night' registries that are cropping up. Here are just a few of the
registries that are currently on the internet. Please take the time to check out
their requirements for registering a dog or registering a litter of puppies. Some
places only require a signature from you that your dog is a purebred. Some require a
notarized statement. Some require a picture of your dog and still yet, some only
require you to fill out an online registration form. Their registration forms put
the standard paper AKC forms to shame. Most of these places are providing full page
parchment paper registrations with gold lettering and even color photos of your dogs.
Many of these registries are quickly replacing the AKC and UKC
registries in the puppy mill world. Many puppy mills are 'double registering' their
puppies so that they have something to fall back on if the AKC suspends their privileges.
Many of these registries are offering substantial savings to a breeder who double
registers or registers a large number of dogs at once.
||AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB
||UNITED KENNEL CLUB
||CONTINENTAL KENNEL CLUB
**NOTE: Do not confuse this registry with the Canadian Kennel Club (also known as CKC). The Canadian
Kennel Club is the equivalent of the AKC or UKC in America and is very respected in
||AMERICA'S PET REGISTRY
||AMERICAN CANINE ASSOCIATION
||NORTH AMERICAN MIXED BREED REGISTRY
||UNIVERSAL KENNEL CLUB INTERNATIONAL
||INTERNATIONAL ANIMALS REGISTRY
||NORTH AMERICAN PUREBRED DOG REGISTRY
||DOG REGISTRY OF AMERICA
||AMERICAN PUREBRED REGISTRY
||AMERICAN DOG BREEDERS ASSOCIATION
||UNITED STATES KENNEL CLUB
||WORLD WIDE KENNEL CLUB
||WORLD KENNEL CLUB
||FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL CANINES