The American Kennel Club offers breeders the option of selling puppies on limited registration. This means that no litter or offspring from this particular puppy can be registered with the AKC. However, those dogs which are registered as limited may participate in obedience, agility trials, hunting retriever tests, etc.; however, not in breed competition.

Although a puppy is sold under limited registration, the breeder can evaluate the puppy later on, making certain that all health clearances are completed and thus change the limited registration to full registration. This option is to make certain that the integrity of the breed is continued and protected. It is important that the new owner stay in close communication with the breeder of the litter in order that a change can be made if the above requirements are met and the puppy will be a positive contributor to the continuation of those bloodlines. This is particularly important for the Labrador Retriever, since it is the #1 dog in terms of puppy litter and dog registrations. Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in the number of Labradors that should not be bred or that have been crossed with other breeds. If you have questions at any time about the meaning of limited registration, please talk with a breeder as well as looking up the meaning at the AKC website.

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