I'm new to breeding, and have a question about kennel naming. I know that to register a kennel name with the AKC you have to have had 5 registered litters. If I'm on my first, second, third, etc. litter can I still have the puppies I sell include my "unregistered" (for the time being) kennel name? Is that allowed? Or normal?
Also, I'm reading a lot about breeders choosing the puppy names or at least choosing a theme for the names or saying they all have to start with a certain letter. The breeder I've purchased from has had me include her kennel name but didn't name my puppies or place any limits on the name. She just gave me the AKC registration paperwork for me to finish filling out and mail in. I've read that other breeders require that they "approve" of the puppy name and they mail in the paperwork themselves. Just wondering what is "normal"? Maybe for limited registration is doesn't matter (if you're just selling family pets that will be spayed/neutered), but it does matter for full registration (when selling to other breeders)? Am I getting this right?
Stephanie? Guessing... SO- this is one of my (many perhaps) peeves w people who start out breeding without breed involvement! I'm glad you are inquiring. Kennel names- not only does AKC register kennel names, but GRCA does. It is, because of the many rules around them w AKC, much more common to register a name w GRCA. Plus it is far less costly.
Yearly (about now actually) a booklet of GRCA kennel names is issued. I would be happy to look up names you are considering for you so that you do not inadvertently take someone's name. When a breeder starts up a program and uses someone else's name that not only is confusing but cries out 'I didn't know' which then says 'I am not involved in this breed past breeding litters' and I don't think any person who is trying to be a GOOD breed wants to say that.
Your kennel name is your public face. It's your reputation, how you are known to your peers, etc. It's a serious choice and one that should be made fully informed.
Please do use it on all the puppies you make, yes, you can use it as a prefix prior to AKC approving it or you qualifying for AKC approval.
Naming of puppies a totally different thing- many breeders have theme words or letters required on all the puppies in a litter, it is truly helpful when they begin showing to be able (even as a spectator who is interested) to connect the sibs.
I will PM you my email address so you can send me your choices, and I will look them up in last year's kennel name directory- and also in this years as soon as it arrives.
If you are not a GRCA member you should join asap- you will learn much from the wonderful GR News, and can begin to hone your eye with the dogs featured there. And once you see that your kennel name choice is not already in use, you can put that on your membership application as well. I hope you have a good mentor, one who follows the Code of Ethics to the letter in all things. Look for the PM!