Papers, Guarantees and Contracts
The truth is, the term "papers" is meaningless. "Pedigree" and "AKC
registration slip" on the other hand, are very meaningful. You need
Just because you have the pedigree of your dog doesn't mean he is
AKC registered. In order for a dog to be eligible for AKC
registration, both parents of the dog must have been registered with
All AKC registered dogs have a pedigree and their records are
kept by the American Kennel Club.
The best quality AKC show dogs are all AKC registered. However, the
worst looking, most pathetic puppies can also be AKC registered and
not even resemble the breed for which they have "AKC registration
papers." AKC registration has nothing whatsoever to do with quality.
Even puppy mills have AKC registered puppies! The requirement for
registration is that both parents were AKC registered and were the
"Champion bloodlines" is another statement commonly used by people
who produce puppies only for money and know little - if anything -
about the breed. They may have discovered in the pedigree that some
of the puppy's distant ancestors were Champions, and use this fact
to bolster the quality of the litter and the price of the puppies.
A Champion is a dog who has earned a certain number of points in
competition against other dogs of the same breed at AKC sanctioned
Being a Champion does say something about a dog's quality. In
reality, the saying "It is what's up front that counts" is true in
dog pedigrees. The closer the Champions are to the puppy (for
instance, if his sire and dam -mother and father -were both
Champions) the better the chance the puppy will be a good example of
True "Champion bloodlines" show an impressive pedigree in which
nearly every dog in the pedigree is a Champion. This demonstrates
hard work, time, and effort which represents many years of
dedication to the breed by serious breeders.
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