Your breeder advertises "Champion" parents and ancestors, but are the titles what you think they are?
A breed registry is an official list of animals within a specific breed whose parents are known. A kennel club is an organization for canine affairs that concerns itself with the breeding, showing and promotion of more than one breed of dog.
The most widly acknowledged (as reputable) and oldest kennel clubs with accurate registries are:
- American Kennel Club (United States)
- Australian National Kennel Council
- Canadian Kennel Club
- The Kennel Club (United Kingdom)
- The Labrador Retriever Club of NZ
For those living in the U.S. (note, there are many Kennel clubs in other countries), wanting a puppy from Champion lines, and see a dog is titled Ch. you now have to clarify with the breeder if this dog is a AKC Champion. How do you know? You need to see the certificate of Championship, and look for the official AKC seal.
Today, there are many new registries popping up, which are often used by those who can not successfully compete in the events hosted by the oldest, well known registries.
Any reputable breeder knows that a litter out of non-champions is fine, but when one uses the title "INTL CH." to promote their dogs, a buyer should know what they're getting (or not getting).
What is an "International" Championship?
Be very careful. Titles can be deceiving!
A dog does not compete outside the USA to obtain this title, as it might appear. Because one registry has opted to use titles such as "Nat'l Ch." and "Int'l Ch." it allows for others to be fooled into thinking the dog competed in multiple other countries. You will see dogs listed as an Int'l Ch., when that dog that has *never* traveled outside of the USA to obtain this title, or even out of the state it was born in, and won that title sometimes with no competition at all !
If one lists such a Championship, it should be listed as a IABCA Int'l Ch. to prevent people from thinking it competed ouside of the U.S. in several countries to become a true International Ch.
All one needs to register with the IABCA is a three generation pedigree (this could be dummied), and the dog and its parents numbers from any other registry (some of these registries require only a photo of the dog to "determine" if it "looks" purebred).
So, if your breeder talks about their "Champion dogs", ask to see their AKC Championship Certificate. If the dog has a "championship" and you thought the dog had an AKC Championship, then you are not getting what you thought you were getting.