Our Boston Terriers are firstly registered/registerable with the American Kennel Club (AKC). The American Kennel Club is the most known registry across the globe as it has been in operation for over 120 years. At Cypress Farm Kennel we enjoy conformation showing with both the American Kennel Club and the International All Breed Canine Association (IABCA) which uses a European judging style utilizing the expertise of American Kennel Club judges.
For more information about the American Kennel Club please see this link: http://www.akc.org
To read the official AKC breed standard written and set by the Boston Terrier breed parent club the Boston Terrier Club of America (BTCA) please see this link: http://www.akc.org/breeds/boston_terrier
NOTE TO POTENTIAL CFK PUPPY BUYERS:
Our puppies are placed in homes to be spayed/neutered PETS ONLY and are placed with limited AKC registration.
What is "limited AKC registration"? Limited registration is for pets that are altered (spayed/neutered) and not for breeding. If by accident puppies are born to two dogs that are AKC limited registered, AKC will not allow puppies resulting from that litter to be registered with the AKC at all. When our puppies go to their new homes their registration applications do not go in their puppy packets. It is only once proof of alteration (spay/neuter) is supplied by new owner to CFK and verified that the registration application will be provided along with a letter for proper color registration if puppy is of color.
What is proof of alteration? Proof of alteration is the receipt from the vet that the new owner receives at time of pickup when procedure is paid for OR a spay/neuter certificate from veterinarian who performed the procedure. New owners may mail a copy, or take a photo/scan a copy of the spay/neuter certificate or alteration receipt and email it to CFK for verification. Personal information may be marked out, but please provide the veterinarian's contact information who performed the procedure for contact. Proof of alteration must be supplied within 7 days from the date of the puppy's 6 month birthday. Email to ask for a copy of the puppy purchase agreement that is also the spay/neuter contract and health guarantee which outlines the responsibilities of new owners and breeder as well as the legal repercussions if contract is breached.
IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO REMEMBER:
Please realize that while some breeders may state that the dogs of their breeding program are AKC registered (maybe even with a champion pedigree) this documentation proves the parents to their puppies that are for sale to be both quality and healthy. In saying this we mean to explain that people will use the registry to try to prove health, rather than have any health testing done. *Do not be fooled.* Make sure the breeder knows their dogs are healthy because they in fact health test (BAER, JHC, CERF, Patella, etc). A dog that is simply "AKC registered but checked by my vet which he say it's healthy to breed" is not a proven health tested dog. A breeder who has taken the extra time, money, and responsibility to have their dogs health tested is proud to show certification to those that inquire. Those puppy buyers should even be provided copies of the health certifications of the parents. It is important to note that some breeders register test results with OFA and some do not. This does NOT mean that those breeder's dogs who were health tested and are not found on the OFA website have failed testing. The OFA does not require test results to be registered with their organization to be valid. The certificate provided by the veterinarian who performs the procedure is valid certification. OFA certification must be paid for in addition to health testing costs and is documentation registered in the foundation database for Boston Terriers.
The link is to an article on the AKC website which clearly states the paragraph below pertaining to registration not equalling health nor quality: http://www.akc.org/reg/about.cfm
From the AKC Registration and Quality website:
"There is a widely held belief that "AKC" or "AKC papers" guarantee the quality of a dog. This is not the case. AKC is a registry body. A registration certificate identifies the dog as the offspring of a known sire and dam, born on a known date. It in no way indicates the quality or state of health of the dog. Quality in the sense of "show quality" is determined by many factors including the dog's health, physical condition, ability to move and appearance. Breeders breeding show stock are trying to produce animals that closely resemble the description of perfection described in the breed standard. Many people breed their dogs with no concern for the qualitative demands of the breed standard. When this occurs repeatedly over several generations, the animals, while still purebred, can be of extremely low quality."
Below are photos of Cypress Farm Kennel Bostons or Cypress sired Bostons being shown in AKC conformation shows. Some photos feature our then handler, Mandy Missildine.