Puppy Papers, Guarantees, and Contracts
by Elena Smith



Puppy Search

There are three main sources of AKC registered puppies – serious breeders, pet shops, and backyard puppy producers. The best quality puppies come from serious, ethical breeders who breed as a hobby, only for the betterment of the breed and not for monetary gain.

It’s not always easy to find the serious, dedicated breeders. A good place to start is the American Kennel Club, 51 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, Ask for the address of the secretary of the national club ("Parent Breed Club") of the breed you are interested in. You will find the majority of ethical breeders belong to and support their national breed club.

The national breed club can put you in touch with breeders near you who can supply you with information about the breed and who may have puppies.
In searching for a quality puppy you may find yourself bogged down in some peculiar doggy terminology. This terminology needs to be understood in order to make a rational decision on selecting both a breeder and a puppy. Let’s go over some of these terms.

AKC Papers

This is perhaps the most confusing issue when it comes to buying a dog. "AKC papers" means different things to different people. Some people think "papers" means the AKC registration slip. Other people think "papers" means the dog’s pedigree (the family tree listing his ancestors.) Which is it? Of what value are "papers" anyway?

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