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Can anyone explaina AKC and adopting a puppy?

We are going to buy a german shepherd puppy tomorrow, she is about 6 weeks old. The parents are registered AKC dogs but the mother has a limited registration which he explained that she was not registered to have puppies so they could not register the puppies. Does that make sense? We're paying $500 for the dog which is just going to be a family dog, we're not breeders.

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Asked by marihand at 2:03 PM on Jan. 14, 2011 in Pets

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  • ohh wow, no that doesnt sound 500$ i hope that the pup is a purebred! and that much should be akc also. usually ppl charging that much usually includes that-

    Answer by JaydnsMom22 at 2:11 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Through the AKC you would need to register the litter so that they can be registered, this is the way the AKC makes sure that the registered dogs are held to a certain standard. Honestly I would not buy the puppy because she obviously is not a responsible breeder. When you register a litter they make sure both parents do not have any defects that they may pass on to the puppies and are a good couple for breeding. I would find a responsible breeder or adopt from the shelter. Personally I either pay the big price and only support responsible, knowledgeable breeders or I adopt.

    Answer by daisysrdeadly at 2:12 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • yes it means that shoud should not have been bred because her breeder sold her as a pet not a breeder. therefore she was most likely not a good standard for the breed. and she should have been spayed. the breeder they got the mother from should have in the contact specified for the dog to be spayed. so no you will not be able to get akc papers for her puppies. just to let you know i personally would recommend that the puppy your are getting stays with his litter mates just a few weeks more until he is 8 weeks. by taking him away so young it can cause behavioral problems. i would pick out the puppy and give a deposit and ask to pick it up in a few weeks.

    Answer by laura970 at 2:14 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • you can register the puppies if both mom and dad are akc registered, you need thieir akc number, it also dosn't 100% guarantee good breeding, i got an akc registered basset hound and he was a product of bad breeding i woudn't pay that much for a dog i wasn't 100% sure about, i'd look else where

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 2:15 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • to me it doesnt sound like this is a responsible breeder and they are asking too much for a puppy that isnt registered and could possibly have health issues that go with the breed such as his displasia and so on. i personally wouldnt pay that much for an unregistered pup but if you have your heart set on a certain pup in that litter maybe try to haggle him down on the price.

    Answer by laura970 at 2:18 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • He did say he would give us copies of the parent's akc papers so. . . we're not breeders, we just wanted a shepherd for a family dog. He said they were not breeders either. He did say the pups have been weened for about 3 weeks now and are eating softened puppy food. Really? I mean I don't care if it's akc, I just thought that since the parents were that we should get papers.

    Comment by marihand (original poster) at 2:20 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • ONE, DO NOT, NOT, NOT take that puppy. A six week old puppy is FAR TOO YOUNG to leave it's mother. A puppy needs to be at least 8 weeks before leaving it's mom. She is still teaching them several things at six weeks old, they are only starting to wean as well.

    Secondly, I'd go somewhere else and find a better breeder. The dog was on limited registration so she should have been fixed...she wasn't, so they don't really give a crap about health issues, shots and other things like that.
    Find yourself a reputable breeder and tell this guy to take a hike (then report him to the breeder he bought his female from, as he is in breach of contract and that is illegal)

    Answer by Acid at 2:20 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • still, 500 bucks is way too much to pay for a dog that's a product of bad breeding....what state are you from, you could find better breeders there i'm sure

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 2:22 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • being as how you just want a pet and he is willing to give you copies of the parents papers to prove that they are full blooded me personally i wouldnt care about papers. its the age that i would be concerned about. its not about what food they are eating and weather or not they are weaned its more about the fact that the puppies are still learning things from their littermates and their mother such as play biting , socializing, dominace, and so on. like i said pay for the puppy if you are comfortable for paying that much which i understand is way cheaper than a registered on which can run 1200 and up depending on bloodlines and ask if they can keep it with his litter mates for a couple more weeks.

    Answer by laura970 at 2:31 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • when i breed my lab i wont let the puppies leave until they are between 8 and 9 weeks. usually i have all the puppies reserved by the time they are 3 weeks and i tell everyone to come and visit your puppy as much as possible so the puppy gets to know them and its makes the transition easier.

    Answer by laura970 at 2:34 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

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