Hi, I am trying to educate myself on this topic. I have a few questions -
First, I check every breeder with the AKC and all have been registered in good standing. I have not received any complaints about any breeder that I have checked. Can I trust the AKC?
Next, what does it mean to "not title a breeding dog"?. What constitutes "all related breed health testing"? What tests are done and by whom, a Vet? What paperwork is given to the buyer of a pup to show that this health testing has been done and the results of the testing? Exactly what type of tests are done? (At one time in my career I worked in a clinical laboratory so I understand all types of health testing).
I’m sure AKC would disagree their AKC registration is an inferior product.
“Puppies can be assigned full or limited registration by the breeder. Limited registration is for puppies that the breeder does not consider breeding quality; if they are bred, their puppies cannot be registered. The individual puppy is not registered unless the registration form is filled out and mailed to AKC.”
A full or limited AKC registration means the dog is purebred. Breeders assign limited AKC registrations to puppies to protect the bred and/or to keep people from breeding their dog. Some breeders require you to spay or neuter the dog for the same reasons.
I see - dog and for that matter animal breeders on a continuum. Some feel only champion, titled dogs should be bred. Their reason: to protect the breed. Of these, some produce many litters and sell them for profit.
There are high volume breeders who are, also, interested in high quality, pure bred dogs, breed them for profit and sell them as pets such as Royal Flush and Jaco Kennels. Their breeder dogs are AKC registered. Some are titled or have been shown, won points or not. They do health checks, health guarantees, take good care of their breeding dogs and puppies. Socialize them. Microchip. Love and want the best for their dogs. All the things an individual breeder of champion dogs do.
If you’re interested in showing a dog you’ll probably look for a breeder who has champion breeding dogs with a long list of titles. You may or may not end up with a champion dog with titles if you purchase one. However, it will be fully AKC registered and if you bred it with another AKC registered dog you can decide to give full AKC registration or limited AKC registration to puppies from that litter.
If you’re interested in a pet - a good quality breeder - who has good dogs - will probably do just fine. You’ll have a limited AKC registration but that doesn’t mean your dog could not win champion titles. Just like the full AKA registration doesn’t guarantee titles.
There are a handful of people on the Havanese Forum who are interested in showing their dogs. Most are pet owners who have gorgeous purebred Havanese dogs. A few aren’t purebred but are beautiful, as well.
There are puppy mills. Royal Flush and Jaco Kennels are not even close to what is called a puppy mill. Just like individual champion breeder owners who sell for profit are not puppy mills.
OTOH, there are individual home breeders who are puppy mills on a small scale. Those you should stay away from in order to not encourage them to continue to breed.
Below a description of puppy mills.
I know my post is going to cause a lot of heartburn for some on this site.