If I remember right, someone also said that Themes help them know what litter they came from too...
We don't have a theme but do have to use the kennel name in part of our AKC name.
Oh okay ya that makes sense then! I think in ours too we have to have the breeder name and then the theme name (AKC) name.
Congrats on your puppy! The wait is going to be interminable. I know it is for me, as I'm waiting for a puppy right now, too.
Mine is 4 weeks and 1 day old today, and I can't wait to get him!
The call name does not have to relate to the AKC name. But some people -- I am one of them -- like to have some connection. I've had them all different ways. One dog was named Seabreeze's Chelsea Morning and called Chelsea. One was named Bonacres Mystic Fourrest and called Charlie, which was no relation at all to the AKC name. And the new puppy will be Ridgeview's In Hot Pursuit and will be called Gibbs, which is a distant relation to the AKC name (Gibbs is a character in the TV show NCIS, and they are always "in hot pursuit" of the bad guy). So, it can be any way you want. Totally up to you. The only requirement is whatever the theme is. Sometimes themes require a particular word to be used. Gibbs comes in the "hot" litter theme, so his AKC name has to have the word "hot" in it. Other themes are more general, like a movie theme, where you don't need a particular word, but you have to have the name of a movie (like an AKC name "Kennelname's Gone With The Wind" and call name "Scarlett").
You don't have to register your dog with the AKC, but it's kind of a cool thing to do, and it's also fun to put him/her on K9Data.com, where you can then see his/her whole family tree and it's helpful for the breeder and others who might buy puppies from that breeder in the future. Also, if you ever want to compete in obedience or agility or something, they have to be AKC registered. You don't want to wait two or three years, only to discover that you want to participate in those things but never registered your dog. That said, I have a rescue Golden that I got as a puppy, and I never registered her. So, totally up to what you feel like.
I haven't seen pics of your puppy, if you've posted any. Do you have some? Can you post them?
Ugh this wait is horrible...as I am sure you know! I just want to visit them already! Do you get to go visit the puppies prior to pick up day? Do you already know which one is yours?
Thanks for the information on the AKC names. Gibbs is a really cute name, and I like how creative it is! Our breeder isn't sure yet what the theme will be, she was possibly thinking of including the word "left." We want to name our dog Champ as a call name, so now I've been thinking about "left" AKC names. So far (in the 3 hours I've been thinking about it since I talked to the breeder), I came up with "Left my heart in San Francisco"; "Out of Left Field"; "Leaning Left" and hubby suggested, "Leftovers"
I thought the "Leftovers" was really funny actually, since it is followed by the breeders name, and they get to pick the show puppies first, then we get the "leftovers
" But if the name is Champ, I also like "Out of Left Field." We are trying to think of sports related names with Left in it, as well as political left names.
And thanks for the info about registering through the AKC. I didn't know any of that, so I will make sure to register him (I presume that happens once we get him).
I haven't posted any personal photos of him. I do get some from the breeder often, but I feel a little weird posting the pics she sends me. However, she did post some pics on her website, and I did post that since it is public information. Here
are the photos=). If I take photos when I go visit, I will post those too!
Did you post pics of your puppy? I'd love to see some as well if you have them!
Thanks again for the information!