If you get in with the wrong crowd, a breeder may try to tell you your dog is show or breeding quality because it is registered with AKC or ASCA. This is a fallacy. A dog registered, or eligible for registration, is only that: a dog eligible for registration. It may not be of breeding or show quality.
If you want your puppy registered for any number of reasons, be sure you have the correct forms.
The following registries are legitimate American registries, others may or may not be, buyer beware:
ASCA– Australian Shepherd Club of America, Inc. was established in 1957 as the parent club for the breed. The largest single breed dog registry in North America. The organization is governed by volunteer Australian Shepherd fanciers elected by the membership and maintains a professional office staff at our central location in Bryan, Texas. ASCA provides an accurate stud book for this unique breed and offers programs in all areas where Aussies excel.
AKC – American Kennel Club. This registry is an all-breed registry, and it also provides a means of competition and a stud book. There are also variations, CKC (Canadian Kennel Club, the Continental Kennel Club is a scam), UKC (United Kennel Club), SKC (States Kennel Club).
NSDR – National Stock Dog Registry. This is just a registry, nothing more.
An Aussie may be registered with any or all of these registries; this is where the term double or triple registered comes from, and it is also why you may see “dual Champion” listed as a quality of achieveme t. This usually mean a dog is a champion in AKC and ASCA.
The parents must be registered with AKC or ASCA for a full registration privilege. Full registration allows the dog to compete in conformation and be bred. Both AKC and ASCA offer limited registration privileges for altered dogs to compete in any event except conformation. They are also ineligible to have offspring registered in the registry. Breeders have the option of checking the box on an individual registration form to make it limited. You may also apply for it if you have a dog that did not have parents registered with the registry. ASCA is unique in that it allows a hardship registration, that is, a dog with a pedigree that can prove its heritage is allowed full registration privileges.