Zoey is APRI registered…which means what exactly?

This is Zoey's favorite spot at the top of the stairs.  She guards from here...can't you tell?

This is Zoey's favorite spot at the top of the stairs. She guards from here...can't you tell?

During my ongoing education on puppy mills the question of certifications and what potential owners should be on the lookout for continues to come up. So, let’s look at Zoey’s certifications. She has one:  She is APRI registered. I had never heard of APRI before the upscale boutique we bought her from told me how meaningful it was and how happy we should be that she had it.   At that point, I figured it must be fabulous, since I wasn’t yet aware of the owner’s true modus operand. After we brought Zoey home and she became so desperately ill, I talked to the trainer who worked with Abby when she was a pup.  She was horrified when I told her Zoey was only APRI registered, indicating that this one marker was not enough.  So, I did additional investigating online and found this from the Denver 7 Channel News:
Q: Is there a different between registry with the American Kennel Club (AKC) and other registries like America’s Pet registry (APRI), Continental pet Club (CKC), American Canine Registry (ACR)? A: These organizations (and others) are pet registries. One big difference between pet registries and the AKC is that pet registries have “voluntary compliance” with breeding standards. DNA testing is not required, so a breeder can mate a female with several males but list only one sire. In fact, the breeder can list any male dog, even if he was not mated to the female because there’s no proof required. Lax rules and lack of accountability can lead to poor quality dogs, congenital defects and dogs that are not in fact purebreds. Many of the so-called “designer dogs” such as Labradoodles (Labrador/poodle crosses) and Puggles (Pug/Beagle crosses) can be registered with the pet registries. These dogs cannot be registered with the AKC because they are not purebred breeds. Pet registries are referred to as “breeder friendly” because of the lack of accountability required. Hobby breeders, backyard breeders and puppy mills use pet registries and sometimes register the same dog under different names with different registries. Reputable breeders who truly care about breed standards and healthy dogs with good temperaments will register their dogs with the AKC only. The AKC will not allow multiple registrations.
The Coton de Tulear, Zoey’s breed, is not yet in the AKC.  That said, the breed standard is white and Zoey is black and white. After speaking with a few knowledgeable people in the dog community, it’s very likely that Zoey’s father was actually a mix of a white Coton and a black Havenese. Please let it be known that I could really care less what breed my dog is.  I adopted my other dog, Abby, from the Fort Smith Humane Society.  For the longest time we had no clue what she was until learned about the concept of pet DNA testing from Jeff Lewis on the Bravo show “Flipping Out.”  We thereupon swabbed Abby’s mouth to get a sample, sent it to a lab for testing and discovered roughly a month later  that she’s a Shih-Tzu/Maltese mix. The Collie we had when I was growing up was of a champion bloodline and AKC registered but I’m pretty sure we didn’t follow up on her registry.  So, I am actually 0-3.  The odds of me ever caring about my dog’s registration are little to none but for those of you who do care, I hope you found the above info helpful :)

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6 Comments

  1. Tammy
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately in the US most of the general public do not understand “papers”. CKC, APRI, AKC, UABR are all just kennel clubs in the US that have databases of purebred dog parents. I am a dog breeder. You can take a dog with APRI registration papers and a 5 generation pedigree and ask AKC to register the dog. MOST of the time they will. As long as there are sufficient dogs in the pedigree that are already registered with AKC that they have record of already. I don’t know what that sufficient number of dogs is but in most cases AKC accepts the dogs that I request be dual registered. Also APRI will accept AKC dogs with at least a 4 generation pedigree. AKC is just another kennel club in the US with a large database showing purebred dog parentage. A lot of breeders choose to use other kennel clubs for their dog papers because for one reason or another they get angry at AKC. I myself get angry with AKC because of some of the statements that they come out with. AKC is the best know kennel club in the US because they are the largest and have a huge marketing campaign. And it works…….look what you people are saying……….that any other kennel clubs dogs are garbage – that is just baloney. I have several dogs that registered with AKC, APRI, ACA, and UABR – all the same dog. It allows me to breed to any stud dog I choose. Educate yourselves people!

  2. Ayla
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    I’m buying a Shiba Inu puppy that’s registered APRI, but it’s not from a large scale breeder, they just have one pair of dogs and they had a litter because they love the breed. Should I be worried, even though it’s not a puppy mill?

  3. cjarizona
    Posted May 15, 2011 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    I came very close to buying a puppy with APRI registry, but I had this nagging feeling. I didn’t buy her. For what most breeders are charging to buy a puppy with APRI (which I found out means NOTHING), they should be AKC. At least then, we would know what we are buying. I don’t agree with all this cross breeding of different breeds. I always thought the purpose of AKC was to prove it was a pure bred. This is just my opinion.

  4. clauda
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    I would also like to add that I could care less about what breed she is, all I am concerned with is her health…..I want to make sure that under this regestraion she has all the exams and shots she needs to live a long healthy life

  5. zoeystory
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Good evening and thank you for contacting ZoeyStory/Protected Paws! I have sent you an email with regard to your question above. I would love to discuss this with you further. Please just email me back and we will find a good time to discuss WAY before Friday. Kudos to you for educating yourself prior to purchasing a new member of the family.

  6. clauda
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I am about to purchase a female yorkie from a dog breeder for 250 dollars….according to him the little puppy is APRI registered n will have all vaccinations and medications required by his vet, the puppy also has had a health exam at six weeks which include heart lungs n knees. I have really fallen in love with this young puppy already and I am so excited to bring her home but I have bee doing sme research on the APRI regisrty and quit frankley I’m terrified. People have been saying not to take that registry seriously n its a joke, but I also haven’t heard a professional comment on it either anyway u seem like you have done a lot of research and it would be really helpful to have some direction on my journey. I am suppose to put a deposit on the puppy Friday so please get back to me befor then, thank you for your time

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