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Our breeder referral committee members are well-connected with breed enthusiasts throughout Ohio, but if they cannot help you, AKC probably can. You can check for a contact with a national breed club at http://www.akc.org/breederinfo/breeder_search.cfm.
Breed clubs maintain a code of ethics for good practices that includes health testing for puppy parents and attention to the qualities that make each breed special. Responsible breeders meet other criteria as well. They usually ...
No matter how you find a breeder, be sure to ask for AKC registration papers with your puppy. AKC registers 157 breeds and welcomes additional breeds as parent clubs meet AKC requirements. AKC registration does not guarantee puppy health or temperament, but it does open the door to participation in performance events (agility, obedience, rally, hunting and herding tests, etc.) and helps support AKC programs such as genetic and disease research through the Canine Health Foundation, Canine Good Citizen certification, free education material for elementary schools, scholarships for veterinary students, and aid for dogs caught in natural disasters.
Check out a rescue group and dog as closely as you would a breeder. Responsible rescues evaluate the dogs in their care, take them to a veterinarian, make sure they are spayed or neutered, and match the dog's temperament with the family's activity level and living conditions. Many dogs are surrendered to rescue groups because they have developed unacceptable behaviors, so be sure you are prepared to deal with problems when accepting a rescued dog into your home.
CCKC joins the
American Kennel Club,
the National Animal Interest Alliance,
& Ohio Valley Dog Owners in promoting the value of purebred dogs in all of their roles in today's society
and in protecting the rights of responsible dog breeders, owners, and exhibitors.
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