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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT PUREBRED DOGS

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Fluffy is pedigreed and AKC registered. Why shouldn't we breed her? Shouldn't she have at least one litter?

What's the difference between pet and show quality? Shouldn't I buy the best?

What does "breed standard" mean? An expert evaluated Fluffy and said she didn't meet the standard.

What are all those letters before and after the name of Fluffy's father?

Fluffy's breeder said that both her parents were OFA'D and CERF'd? HUH??

 


Q: Fluffy is pedigreed and AKC registered. Why shouldn't we breed her? Shouldn't she have at least one litter?

A: The idea that a dog who has a pedigree and is AKC registered must be a good specimen is bunk! A pedigree is just a listing of ancestors. A pedigree maybe a four generation statement of everything wrong with the dog. The AKC is a recording facility, not an agency that certifies good and poor specimens. The idea that a female should be bred at least once is an old wives' tail. A spayed female will be at much less risk of developing mammary cancer and other reproductive disorders.

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Q: What's the difference between pet and show quality? Shouldn't I buy the best?

A: Generally in every litter, some pups are considered "show quality" and some "pet quality" and pet quality puppies sell for a lesser price and limited registration. However, the difference between the two is usually a minor conformation flaw that is undetectable to anyone but the expert. Examples would be: too much or too little white, a bite that's slightly off, a dog 1/2" too tall or short, etc. You'll waste your money and deceive the breeder if you buy a show quality dog with no intention of showing him.

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Q: What does "breed standard" mean? An expert evaluated Fluffy and said she didn't meet the standard.

A: Every breed has a published standard, written and approved by the national parent breed club which describes the ideal specimen of the breed, physically and temperamentally. Before you buy a dog, read the breed standard. You might be very surprised! Breed standards are available from the AKC, the parent breed club, or HKC Breeder Referral.

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Q: What are all those letters before and after the name of Fluffy's father?

A: The letters in front of a dog's registered name indicate Championships- conformation or performance. The letters after a dog's name are performance titles earned by the dog.

For example the dog: CH Wynsalot Sky's the Limit, CD, SH, CGC

would be a conformation champion (CH), have an obedience title (CD-Companion dog), a hunting title (SH-Senior Hunter) and a Canine Good Citizen (CGC). Contact the AKC for further information about the many titles your AKC registered dog may be eligible for.

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Q: Fluffy's breeder said that both her parents were OFA'D and CERF'd? HUH??

A: OFA stands for Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and this organization evaluates x-rays of hips and elbows for dysplasia, which is a structural bone abnormality. CERF stands for Canine Eye Registration Foundation which evaluates eye problems in dogs. Thus, a dog who is said to be OFA'd and CERF'd would be independently evaluated to be free of dysplasia and inherited eye problems--a real plus for the puppy's new owner.

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Don't forget our Breeder Referral Service (256) 532-0515. This service is provided free of charge!

 

Huntsville Kennel Club Breeder Referral email: Breeders@HuntsvilleKennelClub.org

Contact us at: Info@HuntsvilleKennelClub.org

 

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