Hi all thanks for visiting the blog.In the United States, “my pug has papers” normally means that the dog has been registered with the AKC or the American Kennel Club. ( United Kennel Club and the Continental Kennel Club are alternative registries)
Papers mean that a Pug is pure-bred.
A Pug puppy may be considered and registered as a pure-bred if the parents and grandparents are of the same breed.
The Breed Registry Does Not See The Dog !
My Pug Has Papers! What Does This Really Mean?
In the United States it’s important to understand that the breed registry doesn’t actually see the dog.
It also doesn’t decide the dogs quality. Nor does it look at the quality of the parents or grandparents. No one verifies that the parents appearance and behavior is typical of the breed. They don’t confirm the dog ‘s health clearance. The skill of the breeder plays no part.
The seller most likely paid money to have the Pug puppies registered at the breed registry without having them checked out.
When it comes down to knowing about the dog’s temperament, wellness and conformity “But my pug has papers” means absolutely nothing.
So, What About My Dog’s Pedigree?
The dog’s “papers” impressively outline three or four generations of descendants. All registered at the breed organization. This pedigree is a record of the dog’s descendants. It’s only as valuable as the genetic heritage passed down from generation to generation.
What Will The Breeder Have?
The good breeder will have comprehensive knowledge of a dogs genetic legacy.
If you are lucky enough to buy your pure-bred from a breeder who really loves Pugs, you might also get copies or photo of some of the ancestors of your puppy. You may even be able to hear about some of the personalities of these past dogs.
If you come across a breeder who appears to lack knowledge of the particular breed you want, leave quickly !
You need to be careful when selecting a Pug puppy. You may pick one that shows generations of untested and untitled dogs without health clearances.
What Will You Be Getting Into?
You may get an animal that’s registered as “pure-bred”, but comes from a line of dogs with a history of breeding with any available pure-bred male, regardless of title, health certification, etc.
The result could be a “pure-bred” puppy lacking the distinct qualities and attributes the breed is known and loved for.
Just because the dog has pedigree “papers” doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s worthy a worthy puppy.
“A lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me.” Barack Obama
If you are a rookie dog buyer the information on the pedigree, may still mean very little to you.
Simply knowing that their pure-bred puppy “has papers” is enough for many people.
Understanding what is on “the papers” is often a mystery. Reading pedigrees usually boils down to the new owners ability to do a little research. It’s best to ask the breeder about a new puppy.
American Kennel Club Policy
The American Kennel Club’s policy states that it’s acceptable to mate together any two pure-bred dogs. Their offspring are registered as “purebreds. Health checks, conformation titles, working titles and temperament tests are NOT required before breeding.
Two dogs with health issues, perhaps hip dysplasia or undesirable temperaments can be joined together. Their puppies are likely to inherit many of those same traits, but will still pass as pure-bred.
Nervous indiscriminate biters known with an aggressive temperament may be bred with timid, nervous dogs.
What You Can Rely On
All you can really count on when you say “my dog has papers” is that the animal will be the same breed as its parents. You can’t count on anything else., The papers are not a quality guarantee.
When a breeder focuses on claiming that the puppies and their parents are purebreds with papers, buyer beware!
It’s a myth that papers offer a guarantee of the quality of the dog
“Did you know that the Russians sent dogs into space? My mother told me this when I was a boy. Nobody knew the effects of space on a body, you see, so they sent dogs first. They found two little mongrels on the streets of Moscow. Pchelka, which means Little Bee, and Mushka, which means Little Fly. They went up in Sputnik 6. They were supposed to get into orbit and come right back. But the rockets misfired and shot them into space.
Whenever I look at the night sky, I think about those dogs. Wearing these hand-stitched spacesuits, bright orange, with their paws sticking out. Big fishbowl helmets. How… crazy. Floating out and out into space. How bewildered they must have been, dying from oxygen deprivation. For what? They would have happily spent their days rummaging through trash cans. Craig Davidson,