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Hello! We bought a purebred dog for our family pet (we have severe allergies and the crossbreeds don't work for us) from a couple who couldn't take care of the dog anymore. The dog is not registered, but both parents are AKC registered purebreds and we have copies of the parent papers/pedigrees. On one of the parent papers it says "offspring cannot be registered" --our dog being the offspring. If our dog cannot be registered but has a litter of its own someday, would those pups be eligible for registration? We're not looking to show or anything, just curious about logistics. Please help clarify what this means and how to go about this if possible.
 

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No - it sounds like the breeder here purchased their dog under limited registration. Breeders will register dogs with limited registration because they don't want people breeding unless the buyers are established in the breed or working with the original breeder on showing/health tests/etc. Likely too that the puppy wasn't up to standard in some way, so should not have been bred in the first place. So they register with limited registration so IF the buyer does breed, the puppies (your current dog) cannot be registered.

As a result, any offspring that comes from your dog will also not be able to be registered.
 

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It sounds like the parent with the "offspring cannot be registered" on its papers was sold on limited registration, which either means that their registration paperwork was filled out incorrectly, or - much more likely - that the dog's breeder did not sell them with breeding rights, but your dog's breeder breached that contract. Obviously this is considered unethical by most reputable, responsible breeders, but not much can be done at this point.

Your dog, since they can't be registered, wouldn't be eligible for shows anyway, though the AKC does have separate programs for spayed/neutered dogs that allows them to compete in other sports or activities. None of their hypothetical future offspring would be able to be registered either due to having a limited registration dog in their pedigree.
 

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Unless a dog has parents with AKC Full Registration, they cannot be registered with the AKC. The offspring of AKC Limited Registration dogs are ineligible for AKC registration. and likewise the offspring of non-registered and/or non-registerable dogs cannot be registered. If you want to compete in AKC events with your dog, then you can apply for a Purebred Alternative Listing once they are altered.
 
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It sounds like the parent with the "offspring cannot be registered" on its papers was sold on limited registration, which either means that their registration paperwork was filled out incorrectly, or - much more likely - that the dog's breeder did not sell them with breeding rights, but your dog's breeder breached that contract. Obviously this is considered unethical by most reputable, responsible breeders, but not much can be done at this point.

Your dog, since they can't be registered, wouldn't be eligible for shows anyway, though the AKC does have separate programs for spayed/neutered dogs that allows them to compete in other sports or activities. None of their hypothetical future offspring would be able to be registered either due to having a limited registration dog in their pedigree.
No - it sounds like the breeder here purchased their dog under limited registration. Breeders will register dogs with limited registration because they don't want people breeding unless the buyers are established in the breed or working with the original breeder on showing/health tests/etc. Likely too that the puppy wasn't up to standard in some way, so should not have been bred in the first place. So they register with limited registration so IF the buyer does breed, the puppies (your current dog) cannot be registered.

As a result, any offspring that comes from your dog will also not be able to be registered.
Thank you! This helps.
 
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