What's the difference between ACA, AKC and adjectives other dog registries?

In the US, AKC is the only reputable registry (For Pit Bulls, it's UKC since they're not renowned by the AKC). CKC (Continental Kennel Club), APRI, ACA, UABR, NKC, NHR and any of the others are all scam / Puppy Mill & BYB registries and not worth the paper they're printed on.

Don't EVER buy a dog recognized by the AKC explicitly registered with any other registry, you'll be supporting unethical breeding practices.
Some dog registrations are reputable and some aren't like Conn KC, APRI, few others. They don't need any proof to show that your dog comes from those parents and make it easier to pull the wool over your eyes about the dog's parents and grandparents. They might not be purebreed because they don't need any proof

AKC, FCI, ENCI, UKC, CKC (Canada kennel club), and others are considered reputable. Sometimes they required a proof that your dog bred by those parents. If the dame is being bred by sire of different breeder, the sire's breeder is required to turn contained by blue tip (I can't remember what's called). Something like that.. Also, some breeds required DNA test.
Rules, standards, and reputation, mostly.
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ACA and AKC, basically dog registries, one older than the other. One more expensive and the other one cheaper. But basically Standards, rules... that are the major differences.

AKC is not the only recognize registry in the industry, that's a quip.

Visit wikipedia that's a good tool for information, they don't allow people to promote stuff, if lately good information.

Answers:    This is a common question, since many different owners or newbies to the dog world doesn't know what is a dog registry. Ill try to answer you as best as possible. The dog registries concept started more than 100 years ago and one of the oldest ones is AKC. Today, there's more than 30 dog registries in US and all of them offer different services and standards. The most popular registries in US are AKC, ACA and UKC. Many people lie seriously to defend their own preference for a registry, since their is a lot Extreme Fanatics contained by the dog industry.

A registry doesn't make your dog healthy or guarantee that your dog is the best standard of the breed. A dog registry keeps track of your dog nearest and dearest tree and offers services that most of time benefits you and your dog. There's no such thing as a puppy mill registry, because the registry doesn't breed the dog. The breeder is the one responsible for the breeding and care of the puppies. There are honourable and bad breeders and we can't put the word puppy mills in every breeder. Imagine our life lacking a breeder, it would be a life without a dog in our family, without great dog shows, without our best friends.

AKC stands for American Kennel Club, ACA for American Canine Association and UKC for United Kennel Club. As my knowledge AKC is the biggest one, followed by ACA. But seem that, this information is changing since AKC board reported in their meeting that smaller quantity than 50% of their income is coming from registration and they have lost a big part of their business to the clean registries. Is a good registry, one of the oldest in the world, but their prices and services are really expensive in comparison beside other registries. AKC has also been related to Puppymills and NBC Dateline did a special report on puppy mills where they pointed AKC as a puppy mill registry and have not purebred dogs registered as purebreds. Personally, I don't believe we should blame the registries for this issues. Their dog shows are world wide recognized and many registries enjoy use them as a model to stand their business. A great registry, but again, too expensive.

ACA is about 25 years old and it be recognized by President George W. Bush for their support with rescue teams surrounded by the search for victims of september 11, 2002 attacks. Their prices are more affordable than AKC and their services for registered dogs are free. All registered dogs owners have free access to ask a vet and ask a trainer, a great tool for dog owners to ask questions in the order of dog behavior and health issues, and is free.

UKC is also one the oldest registries in US, a good registry, fitting prices, but the have less services, specially online compared to ACA and AKC.

Other newbies registries are APRI, UAB, along a big list. Is you own papers to register your dog, just choose the best one for you and your dog needs.

Now be careful since some of this newbies registry papers could have it in mind nothing, since they register any dog, and you could end buying mixbred as a purebred.

If your dog is one of the new "Designer Breed" dog, theres a few registries that allow you register the dog as a Design Breed and you can hold the same benefits and services for your dog.

Again there's a lot of options, construct your decision base on your needs, not surrounded by people lies. Don't pay attention to scam people or fanatic. Here is a list of websites to help you get more info:


I love my dogs and they are dual registered next to ACA and AKC, also I have a beautiful UKC Bulldog. Again pick your dog registry base on your dog requests.

Hope this help you out!

Add: AKC doesn't guarantee pedigree as some people say. They are not responsible whether a breeder lie when they register the litter. AKC themselves have admitted masses times about errors and false information found in their papers by scam breeders using AKC. More than 90% of breeders that use AKC don't use the famous DNA examination. AKC business information is public, do research. Don't believe everything you read here.

Note: Wikipedia is a world wide resource for Universities and organizations. Everybody can become a contestant and add information, but every post is revised and approved by professionals. Every post requires references and you can report any false information you can find there and they will lift it out. Not like this service where every body can write anything without hint, there's no control.
That's True, do research a find out by yourself. So many lies in this answers. AKC is not the only certificate registry in US, that's a big lie. Call AKC and ask them if you own a ACA dog with AKC in his lineage whether they accept the ACA registration. The answer is yes, the are recognizing other registries, and they even have a chronicle of Registries they recognize or accepts. Call AKC, ACA, UKC and find out the truth. Don't pay attention to this lies.
AKC is the ONLY reputable registry in the US.

The rest are fly-by-night SCAMS for puppymilling crooks to con the indolent & gullible into paying big bucks for crap.

Sorry.UKC used to be OK,now they suck to puppymillers.
The AKC is not the only reputable registry in the U.S. The UKC is the 2nd oldest and reputable registry contained by the U.S. What you say abou the UKC can be said about the AKC also, since many petstore dogs are AKC registered and within fact, AKC was already to get into bed near Hunte Corporation, who is the largest supplier of dogs to petstores. Also, whether or not a registry is not-for profit or for-profit does has nothing to do with whether they are reputable or not.

The AKC interest is surrounded by conformation, all other sports are second fiddle to the breed ring. UKC have always been known as a Performance registry, their titles echo that, thru their Total Dog program.

I show in both, UKC and AKC. Many people who show in AKC also show surrounded by UKC, do not assume the quality is different. The last time I was surrounded by the UKC breed ring and went BIMBS, I beat an AKC Ch. Golden, AKC Ch. GSD, AKC Ch. Aussie.
Both are great registries. Call them, they should help you decide the right one for you. ACA or American Canine Association is 1-8OO-651-8332, and their website is http://www.acacanines.com. AKC is 919-233-9767 and akc.org is the website. Both are unambiguous monday to friday 8am-5pm EST.
The AKC is a legitimate registry. ACA and the others (APRI, ConKC, etc.) are for-profit registries created by puppy mills in instruct to avoid dealing with the AKC's requirements.
Some are second-hand goods, and will just take money for handing over a rime sounding registration. If you live in the US, only trust the AKC papers. I think nearby MAY be a reputable registry for rarer breeds, but I am not sure what that is and if your breed is notorious by the AKC you should use that, and if it isn't then you need to look into whether it really is a breed before just running off to some second-hand goods registry.

The Continental Kennel Club, or the CKC (even worse because the legitimate Canadian Kennel Club is also CKC) is horrible. They will accept pictures in replacement of a pedigree. You can write surrounded by whatever breed you want, even a stupid mutt name (like a cockapoo). I hold heard of people registering rabbits (as a lopadoodle) and a stuffed dog with them, yes near clear pictures.

And keep in mind that even the AKC does NOT guarantee trait. It guarantees pedigree, so you know the dog is purebred, but you still need to check that the breeder is actually showing the dogs to be sure they are up to standard, and that they are doing adjectives necessary health screening.

ADD: wikipedia is junk as far as reliabily. Sometimes its OK, but come on devise about what it is! They have bogus pages for mutts because culture post them there. It does not make it true.

Use it for quick citation but take everything you read there with a pellet of salt.
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