No, if you are not planning on showing or breeding have him nuetered and forget about it. It is really a waste of money. You have to pay AKC to have him registered. It isn't a lot, but if you are planning to keep him as a pet it is really not worth it.
Yeah I'm with supermommy on this one. My mom went ahead and registered our Akita with the AKC after she got her, just because she thought it was really neat to have a registered dog. It costs about $15, and they do send you the dog's pedigree and such. SOme breeders prefer the people they sell dogs to to register the dogs, but I'm not really sure why. If you don't plan on showing or doing a performance event like obedience, tracking, or agility, I don't see much point to it. If you have a dog with a health issue like hip dysplasia or serious thyroid issues you really should register the dog and put the ofa records online, so other people can look at your dogs parents and see the quality (or poor quality) of the breeding dogs.
Wow, I did not know that. I thought we had to send the papers in and pay the fees. I am not breeding, but I kind of like the idea of owning an AKC dog, so I will probably send them in anyways. I also would like to get my dog's pedigree. It usually takes awhile for the breeder to send the papers. I waited awhile before the breeder sent mine.
Honestly, there is no excuse for a breeder not having the papers the day you get the dog. You can register litters online, and it takes like 3 weeks to get the papers back for a litter registration. If the breeder was responsible enough to send the papers within the first week the puppies were born, they'd have papers for you. The AKC recommends that you never buy a dog from a breeder who doesn't give you the dog registration application the day you get the dog. "It will be in the mail" is not an acceptable excuse. I point you to this info site on the AKC site. http://www.akc.org/registration/about.cfm In Canada, it is illegal for a breeder to represent a dog as 'purebred' and not provide papers. They have to supply registration papers at no extra cost. They're responsible for completion, submission, and payment of the registration with the Canadian kennel club, and have to be supplid to the buyer within 6 months of the date of purchase, or they can be prosecuted. I wish the law was the same in the USA!
OMG, I learn something everyday from this website. I didnot know that a responsible breeder should have the papers the day you get the dog. Thanks, Miniyar! Next time I get a dog I will now know that the breeder should have the registration papers ready.
Some states in the US have lemon laws that address the paper issue along with other issues. You might want to check if you state has Puppy lemon laws. As far as registration goes.....You don't need it but might just want to have it to have it. You can also pay extra and get a framable Pedigree.