I had my daughter go to the site you gave me. She made an app. with another vet. will see her today. She said the other dr. did no tests on the cat, and did not tell her how contagious it was. She is getting him tested today..She is really upset and is worried about all of her cats. By the way she is keeping them all inside now. Knowing the vet she is taking him to, If it is neg. they will all be vac. for it. Thank you so much.
Not necessarily BAD, just different and I personally feel not the quality of AKC. The one negative remark I have about APRI is that they will take limited registration papers from an AKC dog and register the dog for breeding (since they don't have a limited registration). All they need is proof that the dog is purebred. I kind of frown on this because usually if a breeder marks the papers as limited it means they don't want the dog bred (for reasons dealing with conformation or faults). It kind of stinks if they can turn around and just breed and register APR litters. For this reason I don't release my AKC papers until I have proof of spay/neuter.
They do this with the reasoning that a lot of AKC breeders don't tell their purchasers that the puppy will be on limited registration and they find this unethical. So I guess, if the person who founded the registry, was screwed by a couple of breeders, it makes sense, but I still don't agree with it.
I personally don't find anything wrong with "pet registries". I'm sorry, but a good majority of the dogs in this country are pets not show dogs. I don't agree with encouraging people to just breed pets without regard to the breed standards, but I don't think you need to show to breed. Again, this goes back to the theory that if only those who showed dogs were allowed to breed it would cost an arm and a legs to get a puppy from anyone. That's not really fair to the general population/middle class families. APR has good intentions I think, but I don't agree with all of their practices.
I agree with Abbylynne on the majority of her points. I personally would NOT purchase a APR puppy, and don't consider them the same 'quality' to standard as AKC.... but that's not to say that every pup registered in that registry is 'bad' or 'unhealthy' they MAY make fine pets.
Minniyar and I never agree on this-but we agree to disagree about the AKC and APRI. This topic can get pretty hot every now and then.
I use both the AKC and APRI and am certainly not a bad breeder and my dogs are super and very correct. They are not the same as APR. They almost the exact same registration requirements and DO NOT allow any off the street registrations like others do. It's kind of funny that I hear that this registry is ok and this one is ok, but many of those that are posted here that are claimed ok, will allow any dog with 2 animal professional signatures to be registered. The APRI does not, the APR does.
I think people need to actually form their own opinion, call in and ask the registry what criteria they require. I think many would be surprised on what they find out.
ANother thing that has been brought up, is that the APRI will automatically take a breeder or dog that has been found in fault with the AKC. THat is not true at all, so the puppymills and breeders in violation (yes even AKC judges and show breeders here from all registries) we all talk about that the AKC throws out for violations do not just get to jump into the APRI, but will try ACA and others as they have much more relaxed standards. THe AKC does not stop any breeder from selling to pet stores, the may not like it and try to look the other way, but they sure take the litter and puppy registration. The APRI promotes a breeders right to chose, but does not encourage bad breeding either. No registry, regardless of who it is, wants unfair and cruel treatment of animals, but they are a registry and can only do so much.
There are bad breeders, poor examples of the breed, bad relations in all registries-yes even puppy mills in the AKC.
The only one thing that I do not like about APRI is the limited registration thing. I would really like to see that changed. I do have my contracts and follow them up with proof of receipt on the spaying and neutering for all puppies placed.
Once again the point that many of us have tried to make is that education of the breed and really finding that breeder is doing a good job both with the dogs and in the office.
***Edited By: myshadow on 5/10/2005 9:48:58 AM*** Reason: add
I agree 100% with myshadow. A dogs registration is only as good as the breeder is. You can have bad breeders and unhealthy, non-standard pups in every club. I also would like to see the limited reg on the APRI forms. If you want to show AKC would be the one to go with as they have more shows. To me the most important thing is to find a breeder that you like and takes good care of their dogs, and had a health guarantee and will be there to support you if you have any questions about your new pup, and that you like the pups tempermant and looks.