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What is the difference between AKA and ACA registered dogs and which is better?

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  1. KJ says:

    ACA is a puppy mill registry.

    Many of these other registries (other then the AKC) have separated themselves from the AKC because they can not, will not, or want not to uphold the AKC’s higher breeding standards…they in effect just want your money so long as you’re willing to pay for a lesser quality dog. Because, in some peoples’ minds, having papers means something of monetary value, or status.

  2. Adelina says:

    they may not have the same standards for the same dogs. also, one may recognize a breed the other doesn’t.

    i don’t think one is better than the others.

  3. cowgirl_up_mares says:

    AKA stands for American Kennel Club. i don’t know what ACA means but i think AKA is better.

  4. Tirya says:

    "Registered" only means "We know who the parents are." It is NO guarantee of health or temperament.

    If you’re sold on having a "registered" dog (and unless you’re showing, it’s just a piece of paper), go with an American Kennel Club (AKC) registration.

    I’d be more concerned about finding a reputable breeder, than being concerned about what papers your dog has. If you’re looking for a pet, I’d also look at Breed Rescue groups – there are thousands of wonderful dogs out there who need a home, instead of going to a breeder.

    In some cases, the whole "registered" thing is pointless anyway. For example:

    Continental Kennel Club (aka "CKC" in the US, not to be confused with the "Canadian Kennel Club".) Used by breeders who either do not qualify for AKC registration or whose dogs do not qualify for AKC registration. Basically they’d register a goat as a great dane if you paid them enough.

    American Canine Registry (aka "ACA") – not a breed registry, rather a "proof of ownership" and "help if your pet is lost" tracking system.

    DO NOT buy a dog from a pet store – most pet stores get their stock from puppy mills.

    DO NOT buy a dog from a backyard/hobby breeder or an internet breeder – choose your dog based on meeting it and seeing its personality, not just because of a "cute picture". You’re not getting a stuffed animal, you’re getting an individual with an individual personality.

  5. Nina G says:

    AKA is the American Kennel Association and WAY better than the ACA (American Canine Association). The AKA has very specific standards, and the ACA doesn’t really have standards at all. You can make your own breeds with the ACA, and being registered with that means pretty much nothing. I would definitely go with the AKA (which I have with all of my dogs) if you want them to be "worth" something monetary. I guess having a dog double registered would make it worth more for some people, just being able to say it. But alone, the ACA isn’t worth registering a dog with.

  6. Danielle B says:

    AKC is the only true registry. Others will register dogs from non-purebred lines, all they have to do is look it, and that is also how the "purebred" designer dogs (crosses from two purebreds) came to be. AKC is not the greatest internationally, but is still a ton better than any other registry in the US.

    If you are looking for a first time dog- why not go the cheaper way and go to the humane society? A lot of those dogs need homes, and there are usually some unwanted puppies there as well.

  7. FairlyErica says:

    Neither. I’ve never even heard of AKA and ACA isn’t a real registry with a point. You may as well send me a check and I’ll mail you some neat registration papers declaring your pup registered with the BAR (Black Acorn Registry).

    The purpose of a registry like AKC is that they put some level of rigor and control into managing the breeding stock for a particular breed. They require extensive records going back many generations in order for a dog or puppy to be accepted into the registry. Deliberate fraud cases aside, AKC (and UKC, and CKC Canadian Kennel Club) are very strict about record keeping and tracking a dogs parentage. There are serious consequences for breeders who DO try to perpetrate fraud if they are caught. Some of these other registries? Require a photo that the parent dog "looks like" the breed. Dog could be picked up from a shelter and be registered into the organization and its puppies would be registered too. I have a dog from one of the junk registries (CKC Continental Kennel Club) who I discovered to have a fraudulent pedigree and the registry was downright rude to me… they basically told me it was none of their business that my breeder provided them and me with fake papers for another dog and they are continuing today to issue pedigrees with the false information despite my documented proof.

    The important thing is that you go to a reputable breeder. The actual registry is a piece of paper that says a dog is recognized by that organization. AKC does NOT mean that a dog is well-bred or genetically sound, but AKC registration does mean something in the sense that it’s widely recognized and that you can track the parents back for generations. Most of these other registries have little purpose whatsoever except for puppy mills or sloppy breeders to be able to sell a dog that is "registered", whatever that is supposed to mean.

    Your ideal breeder will have pups that are whelped and raised in a home environment rather than a kennel, can explain to you in great detail what health issues are common to the breed and what testing they do to avoid them ("my lines don’t have any health problems" is NOT an acceptable answer), and what they are trying to accomplish with their breeding program. They will ask you as many questions as you ask them, and they will be breeding out of love of the breed rather than profit.

    Good luck in your puppy search!

  8. tyke says:

    *****BOTH ARE FAKES!!!!!!!!!!********

    The ONLY real/reputable registry is the AKC! PERIOD!!!

    The rest are FAKES,recently MADE UP by CROOKS,*JUST* to SCAM/CON/RIP-OFF the IGNORANT into thinking they got a REAL dog instead of a POS!!!

    RUN AWAY!

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