AKC

What does it mean to you and your puppy if it is AKC?
Does it ensure a healthier puppy?
No it does not.
It is a piece of paper that the breeder bought from AKC.
Sometimes they have lied to get this piece of paper.

Maltipoo! Sorry, he has found a new home!

Maltipoo! Sorry, he has found a new home!

There are many Maltese out there that are not very pretty.  They look nothing like what a Maltese is supposed to look like and what’s even worse, is most people don’t even know what they are supposed to look like anymore!

Why am I telling you this on my AKC Page? Because these are AKC puppies I am talking about.  How did this happen?   Keep reading and I will tell you.

~~~An AKC registered puppy/dog, simply means the puppy had two parents of the same breed.  AKC registers puppies/dogs and gives the breeder papers which helps them sell them.  That’s it, a piece of paper.

A Buttercup!

A Buttercup!

Years ago I called a Maltese breeder and asked how much the parents weighed, and this woman got very snippy and said, “they are long and tall like they are supposed to be!”  
What?  I told her I had been breeding for many years and they weren’t supposed to be long and tall.  At this point she asked for my name and phone number.  It was actually pretty funny.  I declined to give it to her.  
I imagine there are many more breeders out there with long and tall Maltese!  I know I’ve seen many pictures of Maltese that look like this. These were AKC puppies this woman was selling too.
Maltese are not supposed to have a curl in their coat either.  This is from a Bichon or Poodle being mixed in. Yes, even if you have your AKC paper, it can still have a Bichon or Poodle somewhere in it’s lineage. 
One time I called a Maltese breeder and asked him if the dew claws were done on the puppies.  He said, “ma’am, these are dogs, not cats!”  In case you don’t know, dew claws are the extra claw they have on their paw.  
I used to get the dew claws removed but finally figured out it was inhumane.
You have to take the puppies to the vet when they are 2 days old, no older, 
and they just pull out their nail (it doesn’t hurt you know), oh, okay.  The reason this is done is because people forget to clip them and they can grow in a circle and grow right through their paw. How ’bout we just remember to clip this nail and not get it pulled out?
This breeder was pretty clueless and knew nothing about dogs!
These were AKC puppies and he was an AKC breeder!
I can’t even begin to count how many people tell me their Maltese weighs 17-20 pounds.  No kidding!  There’s no way that dog can be that much overweight!  By the way, a  pure breed Maltese is supposed to weigh 4-7 lbs full grown.
A Maltese weighing 9 lbs or more, is not a pure breed, although the owners think they are!  Quite obviously these dogs have Bichon or Poodle in them or something with a little weight to it!  These are AKC puppies.
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard a horror story about a puppy that was registered with AKC. Their AKC registration meant nothing to them when their puppy died.  So many times it is just 4 days later.
I do not mean that every breeder is bad who uses AKC, but usually their AKC registration paper is just a piece of paper.  Although AKC or CKC are necessary if you want to show your dog. Otherwise it is just a piece of paper.
I once had an AKC Maltese that I purchased from a woman with the promise that the papers were in the mail.  While waiting and trying to get the papers with many promises that they were coming, this mama had a litter of puppies.  Now, I really needed the papers.
One day one of my other Maltese females got hit by a car and was killed.  Why do people have to go 90 on a dirt road?  
Anyhow, I had 2 AKC breeders that I knew, tell me to use the AKC papers from the dog who died and pretend the new mama who didn’t have papers was her. That way I could sell these puppies with AKC papers.  I didn’t do it of course.  How easy to lie though and who would ever know.
This is why we have Maltese with curly coats, etc…Having AKC papers does not mean a dog is pure breed.
As an AKC breeder, you fill out a form to get your papers for your customers. On this form, you are asked if you witnessed this mating.  How easy for someone to lie here. Oops the Poodle accidentally got my Maltese, that’s okay, who will ever know?
I no longer use AKC.  I have some parents who are still registered with AKC, but at last inspection, they claimed I had to keep track of even my mixes for the lifetime of the dog.
I remember sitting in my kitchen arguing with the AKC inspector as to why it was any of their business what I did with my Maltipoos when they weren’t registered with AKC? No reasonable explanation, just their policy.  Excuse me, I think that is none of their business!
AKC is quite expensive and there are many other registries to choose from, about 30.  I chose another.
Speaking of inspections, AKC inspects puppy mills who have 100’s and 100’s of puppies a year that are registered with them.  They go through this inspection, and pass!  How, when they are a puppy mill?  AKC is not all they pretend to be.

Veterinarian and author Dr. Michael Fox claims that, “The best use of pedigree papers is for housebreaking your dog. They don’t mean a darn thing. You can have an immune- deficient puppy that is about to go blind and has epilepsy, hip dysplasia, hemophilia and one testicle, and the AKC will register it.”