First, we have to answer what does AKC registration means? According to, the American Kennel Club is a registry body, responsible for tracking the lineage of dogs of a variety of breeds.

When it’s time to pick up your new family member the breeder should provide you with the AKC Dog Registration Application. Where it should be properly filled out by the breeder. AKC has stated numerous times to NOT get a puppy from a breeder who does not provide you with the AKC Dog registration application at the time of pick up. Since most likely you will never get them.

Okay, after getting the first two statements out we can proceed with why getting a puppy with AKC papers from AKC registered parents.

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Why Get A Puppy With AKC Papers From AKC Registered Parents?

If the puppy can be AKC registered it means the puppy is purebred. If you are going to pay more than a hundred dollars on a puppy you should be getting a purebred. I am not saying puppies who cannot be registered with AKC are always a mixed breed. I am saying you will simply never know if that particular puppy is a purebred or not.

In order for a puppy to be able to register with AKC, the parents must both be registered with AKC. Not only do they both have to be registered but also have Full rights. AKC Full rights mean the parents can be used for breeding. However, this is typically decided by the breeder; if he/she wants to sell their puppy with Full rights/breeding rights. Therefore if both of them are registered with AKC but one of them has limited registration (no breeding rights) then your puppy cannot be AKC registered.

In conclusion, you should ask if the puppy can be registered with AKC. Do not ask if they have papers or are the parents are AKC. You specifically have to ask if the puppies can be registered. Additionally, at the time of pick up, you should receive the AKC Dog Registration Application.

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