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Hi, this may sound like a dumb question but I can't find exact answers online and am still confused, so I am hoping you guys can help me.

My new pup came with AKC registration papers for me to fill out and send in if I want to register him for life, however, I don't fully understand the purpose of me registering him. I have no plans to show my dog, do agility events, or breed my dog at all. I am hovering over the idea of doing therapy dog training in the future, but that's not certain - just a thought. So, do I have to register him with AKC, or is it purely for showing and breeding purposes in a way? I don't really want to spend like $50+ on something I have no use for. He is also already registered for a microchip company, so the AKC Reunite is no use to me either.

Sorry for a dumb question. I am just trying to fully understand AKC. Thank you in advance for the help!
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I’m in the same boat as you. I got Aidan back in July and haven’t registered due to the same reasons you’re having. I’m not planning on showing or breeding, so unless there’s some other reason for doing it that I’m unaware of I’ll not spend the $$. He’s also microchipped and we registered with PetLink because my vet recommended them.

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It's not $50.

It's more like $30-35?

No. You don't have to register your dog.

Then again, the sooner you register - the cheaper it is. Waiting until the dog is older, it DOES cost more.

It's not about showing or breeding.

You cannot show or breed a dog with limited registration. Unless you mean obedience or agility or even just getting a CGC with your dog. But those are things you get into when the dog is older (ie, when registering late would cost you like $60+).

Registering a dog with AKC - it basically is more of a pride thing. Taking pride in owning a purebred dog. And taking pride in participating even that small little bit - which is just registering your dog - which allows people to find your dog in the AKC database.

At any rate.

Have seen people quibbling about spending $30 on AKC registration. But they buy $20+ stuffy toys (that will quickly get destroyed by the dog) and they spend way too much money on leashes, collars, etc.

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Rukie is registered because his breeder did it. I probably would have sent his in because we are trying for CGC. I never sent in the registration for my last girl and I never regretted it.


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Megora, I donít mind spending the money if itís something that I need to do. I didnít think of the ability to find dogs on AKC. Iíd love to find his siblings and for them to be able to find me, so in that case Iíll probably register him. I didnít really research the benefits. Before Aidan we had 2 chocolate labs which we registered, but we never did anything with the AKC papers. That was long ago, 25 yrs, and so I didnít research anything online back then.
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We registered Luna because we wanted to give her a long silly official name. If she had been from prestigious lines I would've given her a serious name but she wasn't so we gave her an appropriately sweet and silly registered name.

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Your registration fees allow AKC (a not-for-profit) to continue to advance the cause of purebred dogs, political advocacy to retain the right to have animals in our lives, inspect kennels for welfare compliance, research dog diseases, etc. For me that is more than enough to register but I also gain the benefit of becoming eligible to have my dogís accomplishments recorded. They will record therapy work should you ever decide to go that route.


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My girl was never registered, and I regret it immensely. Back then I never thought I would want to do sports, get a CGC, or care about learning more about her lines. Now I want to get into Nosework, get a CGC, and most importantly, I want to know about her parents and what titles they had (if any) and what health tests were done. I don’t have that option anymore. I can get a PAL registration for her, but I don’t have a huge motivation to since Brooklyn is perfectly happy being a lazy pet anyway.



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Iím in the same boat as you. I got Aidan back in July and havenít registered due to the same reasons youíre having. Iím not planning on showing or breeding, so unless thereís some other reason for doing it that Iím unaware of Iíll not spend the $$. Heís also microchipped and we registered with PetLink because my vet recommended them.

In OUR cases (purely pets)..imo AKC is a waste of $$. I also have all of my dogs chipped and none are registered, although I was sent papers by their respective breeders (not professional breeders). I own 2 purebreds (Aussie and Golden)and one Heinz variety dog + a 4th with no history (14 yr old Border Collie rescued at 5).



Since AKC frowns on mixed breeds..I won't support them.
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In OUR cases (purely pets)..imo AKC is a waste of $$. I also have all of my dogs chipped and none are registered, although I was sent papers by their respective breeders (not professional breeders). I own 2 purebreds (Aussie and Golden)and one Heinz variety dog + a 4th with no history (14 yr old Border Collie rescued at 5).



Since AKC frowns on mixed breeds..I won't support them.
Since AKC is a registry for purebred dogs, other than via the PAL /ilp programs (so those mixed breeds can compete in performance) of course it frowns on mixed breeds. We can't have 'everyone's equal' in everything... If I were in the the business of registering only swimmers who can do a 200IM, would one imagine the 50 Free swimmers should be supported in my registry? No. Everything's not for everyone. Everyone is not equal in all areas.

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