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I was just curious if anyone has found a benefit in registering your puppy with AKC even if they don't plan to compete or anything with them. I am on the fence about whether or not I should register Comet with AKC because I don't plan to compete with him or anything that would REQUIRE him to be registered. Have any of you registered your puppy and found some benefit?
 

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If you don't want to compete in anything or get any titles in sports or other arenas there's no point, it's a waste of money. They can throw in a microchip registry but you can get that elsewhere as well. Otherwise it's really just for bragging rights. And even though my dog is registered and I feel like a hypocrite, the AKC is a really immoral organization.
 
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If you don't want to compete in anything or get any titles in sports or other arenas there's no point, it's a waste of money. They can throw in a microchip registry but you can get that elsewhere as well. Otherwise it's really just for bragging rights. And even though my dog is registered and I feel like a hypocrite, the AKC is a really immoral organization.
Thanks so much :) I was worried that registering him wouldn't be worth the $30 we had to pay if he wasn't going to compete in anything.
 

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It could be used as another form of proof of ownership if something were to ever happen and you got seperated from your dog.

That's all I can really think of right now if you don't plan on ever dog sports through AKC
 

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I think it depends on what you want to do with your dog.
For a normal family dog, that is not planned to bred or to go on competitions and that doesn't even come from a registered breeder, I don'T think it is necessary to be registered.
 

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It's immoral because they insist on breeding dogs to standards they are destroying them physically and refuse to budge on changing them because it would destroy the 'purity'. They allow anyone with an intact bitch and dog to register as an 'AKC breeder'. They give loads of money to stop legislations that would better regulate puppy mills. Their inspectors inspect puppy mills and give their stamp of approval even when the animals are living in squalid conditions. They condone selling dogs in pet stores from those mills even when it's clear they come from cruelty. But if they allowed these good regulations to go through and actually protected the animals branded 'AKC' they would lose money from registrations. If you're interested in learning more there are many articles on it online and info can also be found on Facebook.
 

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If you're interested in learning more there are many articles on it online and info can also be found on Facebook.
Be very careful in what you believe that comes off of Facebook. There are a lot of people with biased opinions that can paint their opinions as fact.
 

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Maybe I'm totally wrong, but generally isn't it the breeder that registers the litter? In Canada it is illegal to sell a dog as "purebred" if you do not provide the papers.
 

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In the US, typically you get the registration papers to register the dog's name and yourself as the owner. I'm not sure if the breeder registers the litter beforehand but most people get to do it themselves. I do know some breeders name the dogs themselves or other stuff, but it also depends where you get them.
 

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Ok, well Facebook can have a lot of crazy people behind them, but here's some other things that the AKC has done, that I know for certain. Up until 2012, Pedigree was the sponsor for the Westminster Dog Show, for about 25 years. However a few years ago they stopped because of the Pedigree commercials--which emphasized shelter adoption, and they would have a big fundraiser for shelter dogs as the show went on. They scrapped them because the shelter dog commercials were "too sad". I found this to be very low, especially since it seemed like they were trying to undo some of the damage they'd done to dogs.

Also, as I said I have registered my dog Stella as a Canine Partner. My mom and I were about to register Tyrion as one because the chip registry is cheaper than others. I e-mailed the AKC with a question on what Tyrion's color would qualify as, with a photo attached. The woman said that both Stella and Tyrion were beautiful dogs, and she sent me a few e-mails about how she would love to post their photos on the website/facebook page with some info on them. I then told her that Tyrion has a lot of special needs because he was born in a mill and sold in a pet store, and that I would be happy to have his photo posted but ONLY if they said he was special needs because of that origin--and buying pet store puppies is a horrible idea. She NEVER answered me or followed up after that, because they refuse to speak out against puppy mills and pet stores.
 

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I got into a conversation with a person who owns a cute lil toy poodle about this question. He heard I was looking into owning a papillon soon from a breeder and wanted my opinion on 'registering' my pup. I told them yes I am because I plan to get started into agility and maybe even flyball and my dog would need to be papered to compete even if it was for fun.

He asked me if I wasn't doing sports would I still register and it took me back because I never thought about it. However, after a quick thought I decided that if I were to stay here I would have the pup registered because people would assume the dog is a long haired chihuahua since its so rare to have papillons here.

But anywhere else? Probably not and he felt the same way. He wasn't going to breed or compete so no reason to register. So I guess it's your opinion. I can say that no one here will look down on you if you do or do not register your pup.
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Just some things to consider.

#1 if you ever change your mind and want to compete a few years from now, it will be beneficial to have the pup registered now.

#2 registration of dogs by the AKC provides useful statistics on popularity of breeds, and this info is often used by companies who produce dogfood dog medicine, etc. I view having good data on population distributions as good for all

#3 If you ever get into a situation where you have to rehome the dog, a registered dog opens more doors.
 

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You may change your mind about wanting to do things with him in the future. My last dog I really wanted to do earth dog trials with, but the only place near me that offered that only allowed AKC registered dogs. I was really bummed as I thought it would be something that he and I would enjoy. My new dog I would love to try flyball with, but again I am struggling to find places to do it because he is not AKC registered. Thankfully there are quite a few places around me that offer agility so we may end up going that route instead, however it will always be just for fun. None of them offer competitions. I am a bit of a competitive person, and would totally jump at the option to compete.
 

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It's immoral because they insist on breeding dogs to standards they are destroying them physically and refuse to budge on changing them because it would destroy the 'purity'. They allow anyone with an intact bitch and dog to register as an 'AKC breeder'. They give loads of money to stop legislations that would better regulate puppy mills. Their inspectors inspect puppy mills and give their stamp of approval even when the animals are living in squalid conditions. They condone selling dogs in pet stores from those mills even when it's clear they come from cruelty. But if they allowed these good regulations to go through and actually protected the animals branded 'AKC' they would lose money from registrations. If you're interested in learning more there are many articles on it online and info can also be found on Facebook.
I think you have good points but all AKC is, is a registering body, a business. No different than any of the other registries. I do wish that they would not so openly and directly support mills, though I'm certain mills can use any registry without issue people think of the AKC as a stamp of quality and a lot don't realize that there are commercial breeding facilities with AKC registered dogs.

I don't think they insist on breeding dogs to standard, all it takes to register a litter is money. Breed clubs create standards and they can revise them, people have the choice to follow them or not.

I don't think any registers have specific requirements to be a registered breeder or kennel?
 
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