AKC - American Kennel Club
AKC stands for the American Kennel Club. It is the oldest registry in the United States for purebred dogs. There are many registration options available for dogs, but the American Kennel Club is well-known as the best and most reputable of all. The top ten breeds of registered dogs include Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Beagles, Poodles, Pomeranians, Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds, and Yorkshire Terriers. Over 150 breeds are eligible for registration.
Registration is not a guarantee or indication of quality because parent dogs and their puppies are not thoroughly inspected to receive registration. However, if adult dogs or puppies do not have the appearance of their registered breed, their registration will be investigated and may be revoked. Registration is simply a record of dogs that are of pure breed. Dog buyers will have to determine on their own whether or not puppies are likely to be in good health.
About the AKC
The American Kennel Club was founded in 1884. It is the principal U.S. registry of purebred dogs and the leading regulatory agency for dog shows in the United States. The AKC records statistics about particular dogs, such as the dog's name, sex, color, breed, parentage, date of birth, breeder, and owner. It also records any titles that dogs have won in shows, performance trials, or obedience trials sanctioned by the American Kennel Club.
Standards are set for each breed registered in the American Kennel Club. Standards include a description of the "ideal" appearance of each dog breed. The American Kennel Club published the Complete Dog Book so that these standards can be recognized by breeders, buyers, dog show judges, and potential dog owners. All buyers who purchase registered dogs should receive a certificate of registration from sellers.
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