My husband and I are looking into adding a new addition to our family (we already have a male golden retriever, 5 years old). We are not looking to breed or show, just have a new family pet. Our current golden is not registered AKA. His mother was a registered pure breed but his father was a rescued golden who even though confirmed pure bred by 2 vets, never had registered papers. Now our delema is to whether spend the extra money to buy AKA registered or not. Any opinions?
"who even though confirmed pure bred by 2 vets, never had registered papers"
A vets opinion will not get the dog registered. Are you talking AKC? I have not heard of AKA, thinking a possible typo? If they are only intended for family pets, not breeding,t hen papers really dont matter. Regardless if you buy a registered or unregistered dog be sure to find a good reputable breeder as goldens have alot of issues such as hip displasia, seizure disorders etc.
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AKC registration allows a modicum of reassurance of pedigree purity, which, in turn, allows a pet buyer to be more comfortable that the puppy/dog they're buying are pretty much standard as to type and temperament.
Not that registration with the AKC is foolproof by any means. I'm sure hijinks go on there and buying an AKC-registered dog is by NO MEANS a GUARANTEE of breed worthiness.
AKA, sorry, never heard of them, and I can't find an internet reference for the initials.
The best way to pick a pup, IMO, is to research the breed you want and then find a reputable breeder (someone who is so in love with the breed that they're not in it for the money, they're in it for the love of the breed), not a puppy mill (somebody who breeds many kinds of dogs just for a buck) or a BYB (someone who thought the pups would be cute, or they wanted to teach their kids about responsibility, or they're just in it for a buck), or a store selling dogs (from who knows where). Ask lots and lots of questions regarding the parents, the health background, the breeder's background and their breeding purposes. Visit them personally.
Of course, getting a rescue or shelter dog is ALWAYS a wonderful option...and you can save a life! Have you checked on those in your area?
I am sure you meant to type AKC. AKC is not a guarantee of quality. Quality depends on the commitment of your breeder. To me paper are important to any purebred dog, whether or not you plan to breed or show. And I always ask all my pet owners to take the time to send in there registration papers. This gives your dog it guaranteed place of honor in the rich history of the breed.
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
If you are not looking to breed or show, there is no real reason to have a registered dog. That being said, if you're buying a puppy, you must be very cautious about who you're purchasing the dog from. You must make sure that all health testing has been done on both parents, and be shown proof,and it's usually hard to find a reputable breeder who does'nt also register their dogs. Have you thought of looking at a rescue?
Sorry I did mean AKC. Thanks for the advice. My point of my current golden retreiver is: Not AKC registered but still a great dog,great temperment. We knew both parents, mother is registered, his father was the rescue (current dog). We are looking into purchasing another golden puppy and I am not convinced that spending the extra money is worth the AKC papers. Although I do see the point that even though there are still no guarantees, at least the registered dogs you know where they are coming from. Thanks for the input.
Bluedixie, yes, I have heard of FFA. There are many other ways to teach kids about responsibility. Breeding dogs is most certainly not the only way. The responsibility aspect should be a bonus, not a reason.
Bottom line, if teaching kids about responsibility is your top priority for breeding dogs, then, yes, in my mind, you're an irresponsible BYB breeder.
I agree with gbroxon.I think its just the opposite, I feel I am teaching my children responsibility by not breeding my dogs and the reasons why.Breeding dogs for the purpose of teaching children to be responsible makes no sense to me.
Wait, I'm a little confused, the OP said that the father of the future pup is a rescue. With that being said why wasn't the male neutered? I was under the assumption that all rescue dogs were spayed/neutered to stop the problem of over-population.
Wouldn't it be just as responsible to teach your children to raise and care for the dogs that they already have? I have taught my 2 year old many things with our pets, and we did not have to breed them to accomplish that.
Bordeaux4me said: Wait, I'm a little confused, the OP said that the father of the future pup is a rescue. With that being said why wasn't the male neutered? I was under the assumption that all rescue dogs were spayed/neutered to stop the problem of over-population.
Am I the only one that caught that?
By definition a rescue does not have to come from a shelter. A lot of people use the term rescue loosely to also mean, stray they picked up or a dog that was given to them by someone who did not want it. And of course there are the shelters who do not follow up to see if you did actually spay/neuter.
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