There are three main sources of AKC registered puppies - serious
breeders, pet shops, and backyard puppy producers. The best
quality puppies come from serious, ethical breeders who breed as
a hobby, only for the betterment of the breed and not for
It's not always easy to find the serious, dedicated breeders. A
good place to start is the American Kennel Club, 51 Madison
Avenue, New York, NY, Ask for the address of the secretary of
the national club ("Parent Breed Club") of the breed you are
interested in. You will find the majority of ethical breeders
belong to and support their national breed club.
The national breed club can put you in touch with breeders near
you who can supply you with information about the breed and who may
In searching for a quality puppy you may find yourself bogged down
in some peculiar doggy terminology. This terminology needs to be
understood in order to make a rational decision on selecting both a
breeder and a puppy. Let's go over some of these terms.
This is perhaps the most confusing issue when it comes to buying a
dog. "AKC papers" means different things to different people. Some
people think "papers" means the AKC registration slip. Other people
think "papers" means the dog's pedigree (the family tree listing his
ancestors.) Which is it? Of what value are "papers" anyway?
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