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Difference Between CKC and AKC

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The American Kennel Club or AKC and the Continental Kennel Club or CKC are known throughout the world. They both deal with the registration of dog breeds but have a few differences.

The AKC is well established and the older of the two, beginning in the 1880s, but CKC has been established for almost 20 years, since they first registered dogs in 1991. They offered a new choice to dog owners and breeders, and helped the dog registration market become more competitive.

When comparing the standards of the two kennel clubs, both have high standards, yet each are uniquely different. The AKC requires that all dogs must have their parents previously registered. In general, the original group of purebred dogs constituting a breed was accepted by AKC at the start of the breed and that breed was then closed to additional stock. CKC decided not to have a closed registry, because its founders felt that closing off the gene pool contributed to genetic disorders within the breeds of purebred dogs. CKC will allow new dogs into the registry based on two witnesses verifying validity of the breed, and as long as three pictures are submitted to look at the breed type of the dog. If CKC determines that any dog submitted is not of proper breed type it will not register the dog.

AKC recognizes approximately 150 breeds, while Continental Kennel Club (CKC) recognizes 450 breeds.

Both clubs perform inspections of their breeders. The AKC will perform DNA inspections and check kennel conditions without any prior notification. If the kennel cleanliness, DNA, health of the breed and paper works are not to the standard, the registration may be suspended in AKC. CKC uses DNA testing when necessary to check the validity of questionable parents and will also revoke and suspend breeders priviledges who have not followed its registration guidelines, procedures, and rules. CKC also promotes a program for exceptional breeders called the Preferred Breeders Program whereby breeders adhere to the best practices in the industry for breeding and producing offspring. To be a part of this prestigious program breeders must pass inspections, an strive to improve the quality of their breed.

Both American Kennel Club (AKC) and Continental Kennel Club (CKC) have different pricing plans. AKC charges for the registration of canines and the registration of litters, while CKC only charges for canine registration and does not charge litter registration fees.

CKC offers unique registration services such as Photo Registration, Photo ID Cards, and Picture Pedigrees. Owners can have the photo of their canine placed directily on the dog’s registration papers. AKC does not offer this service.

Like any company, both companies have had their fair share of negative reviews off an on for various reasons surrounding the registration of canines. People that have been hurt by bad breeders, or irresponsible dog owners, sometimes place the blame on the registration companies. However, registraton of canines simply keep track of registration information, pedigrees, and generally offer an array of website services and products.
Both the AKC an CKC strive to weed out irresponsible breeders and owners in order to lessen the damage which can be caused to registration records by malicious or fraudlent breeders.

Summary
1.AKC was formed 150 years ago. CKC is 20 years old.
2.Both companies register dogs.
3.AKC’s standards are different than CKC’s.
4.CKC requires 3 photos and signatures for proof of breed if it is a new dog.
5.CKC offers new competition to the dog registration market and unique services.


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  1. We are interested in breeding with the use of broad genetics to create healthier bulldogs. AKC dogs are prone to too many diseases as the result of their elite bloodline policy. I am in the thought process of boycotting AKC and registering my female Boxer CKC. We strive to produce problem free dogs for many years of love to our customers.

    • Hi Keith,
      I have read your concern and support completely your decision.
      I am about boycotting AKC myself, after I obtain full reimbursement of the fees incurred. It is not going to be easy. I do also have CKC registration; and I am very happy with their customer services.
      But I do not support a registry that’s promoting a questionable elite bloodline policy versus the health and breed standards of a dog.
      Additionally, when trying to contact their customer service senior management, they would hung up the phone on you because you announce true facts, such as reproduction between parents and puppies, in order to maintain a bloodline; the injection of hormones to generate more heat-periods for the females, as opposed to the fact that more pure-bred is a dog, less heat-periods will have the female. Other genetic defects; the sterility of the male.
      No wonder that after 2 years, a bitch would be worn out, and same breeders would get rid of her.
      How many stories of puppies from the so-honorable AKC breeders will die very shortly after you buy them.
      Good luck!
      P.Daniel

      • Dear Sir, I was reading closely your opinion, and i want to thank you for it, because I just got a young femail – buldog ( she is 7 months old, and she is not regirstered at all, but i got some paperwork , so i know the mother( AKC) and I made a reasurch for the father(CKC) and I am happy that my puppy is not completely AKC.:) Because of the problems you did mention.I am my puppy’s 3th owner, because of the fact she is not AKC!!! So , i feel good that i got her in the first place!Thanks!

    • reply to keith varner

      A BULL DOG and a BOXER are two different breeds…

  2. In my particular case I have no other alternative but to stick with the Continental Kennel Club. Even though theoretically speaking she would qualify to be registered with the AKC. Turns out my female English bulldog carries AKC bloodline on all 5 generations with the exception of one on the father side. The reason why this bulldog is not registered with the AKC is because the male is registered with a foreign registry in Ecuador. This registry’s name is “La Asociación Ecuatoriana de Registros Caninos” which according to the AKC is an acceptable registry because it is a member of the “Fédération Cynologique Internationale”.

    Nonetheless the AKC turned down my application even though I showed proof that all 5 generations had either an AKC number or FCI number. Their response back was that in order for my bulldog to be eligible all generation that had an FCI number would have to be registered first with the AKC and then I could register mine. The problem though is those dogs aren’t mine and I’m not going to go through the trouble and expense of asking the breeder to register his just so that I can register mine. Because in the end I didn’t get her because of her pedigree and what not, I got her because I love English bulldogs and I wanted one.

    I just happened to luck out with the female because I got mine from a reputable breeder that has helped me very much along the way. So whether it’s AKC or CKC it really doesn’t matter they both have pros and cons, in my opinion it’s more on the breeder. On the other hand, my male AKC bulldog is set to limited so if I wanted to breed him in the future I wouldn’t be able to. So thinking ahead and wanting to breed my male and female in the future, I went ahead and called the breeder (male-bulldog) asking him if he could revoked my bulldog’s limited status and set it to full. In return this bozo asked for $1,500. The guys must be out of his mind is he thinks I will pay him that kind of money. So answer me this which breeder is really doing it for money?

  3. I have a question. I have an AKC registered female Yorkie (41/2lbs) and can only find a CKC male small enough to breed her with. Can the litter be registered with CKC or do I have to register the female with CKC first? She is about to come into heat this month or April.

    Thank You in Advance,
    Mitzi Frost

  4. There is a big difference in the CKC’s, The Contental Kennel Club is far different from the Canadian Kennel Club. The initials are the same and confuses many people. CKC restrictions are much stiffer than the Continental Kennel Club. The Canadian Kennel club will not register non pure breds, where as the continental kennel club will.
    Unfortunately, this puts customers at a diadvantage as I have seen several dogs with a CKC (continental kennel club) registration that were cross breeds. the owners thinks they have a purebred schnoodle and paid, in some cases, more than a purebred would have cost. But the breeders are duping the public by selling ‘purebred, registered labradoodles’.
    Groomers see it all the time

  5. I have seen CKC papers for designer dogs. To the best of my recollection, CKC papers for mixed parantage clearly state Non-purebred. If someone wants a non-purebred such as a Labradoodle, goldendoodle or cockapoo… this works. At least they know it isn’t a mix of another breed. If they assume that papers that clearly state Non-purebred are in fact purebred… then the adage applies: “You can’t fix stupid… even with duct tape.”
    I also appalaud CKC for setting breeding standards to slow down the puppy mill trade. No litter born to a bitch who is not at least 2 years of age can be registered. Only one litter per year from the same bitch can be registered. Go to any pet store that sells “purebred puppies” and look at the papers….AKC doesn’t mean reputable breeder by virtue of registery. You still have to do your research. Never buy from a pet store.

  6. im with ckc continental kennel club , i have a 4 gen pedigree on barry’s little chelsey
    a maltse i got from my brother , one of the dogs tha she came from was funny farms power puff , my question is how do i find out what this dog looked like and her info.im lost

  7. I have read some of the questions and responses on your site.

    Please discourage the person who wants to breed the Yorkshire Terrier on her first season. The bitch is to young and the owner did not mention, is her body structure (pelivic area), the correct size to deliver the puppies naturally. I see a c-section in the future. Is she willing to have vet bills due to ultrasounds and numerous vet visits, plus c-section etc? Is she equipped at home once she gets the puppies there to ensure they are kept warm and nursing, as some bitches find it very difficult to nurse when they did not actively deliver their litter and stimulated the puppies and did not digest some of the puppies placentas? Many puppies die because they are not kept warm enough and they are not nursing properly because they are cold and they loose energy and cannot get to the mother. The owner must set an alarm clock to get up throughout the night to ensure the pupies are warm and nursing. Does the owner have a family of her/his own and does she/he have little children to take care of that must come before the dogs? Also, no matter if the male is bigger, smaller or the same size as the bitch, there is never a guarantee that all the puppies will be small. Yorkshire Terriers at one time were much larger in size and weight. Like all breeds of dogs they came into exsistance by incorporating many breeds to get the desired type and characteristics that the original breeder was breeding for. Some puppies may not even look like the mother or father in certain breed characteristics. Food for thought.

    The person with the bulldog etc. I am sure when you purchased the bulldog, you were aware of the limited registration. The breeder will change the status so you can breed if you pay extra monies. This would set off an alarm to me because if this person was a professional who breeds dogs for the betterment of the breed and not profit would never change the status. The breeder either had the non-breeding box checked because the dog is not of the best quality to breed or he/she does not want competition for sales if you are in their local area. Have you spoken with folks who have breed, shown and owned bulldogs for many years? Please do because the health isssues can be many and breeding is almost an art form as most do not breed naturally. Many never delivery vaginally!! Again as I mentioned before, do you have the time and monetary resources to put a vets kid through college. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst in breeding this breed…

    The term professional has various meanings and I hear it all the time from dog folks. I have always used a simple term to describe my 40+ years in dogs, I am a student of the breed. A person who has spent a considerable amount of years, 20+ and enough money to send 10 kids to college, they are breeding to better their particular breed. Students of the breed also attend seminars on canines for breed health issues, new diseases, canine reproduction, canine structure etc. They consider themselves students of the breed for the rest of their lives or until they no longer are involved in dogs. Breeding dogs should never be taken lightly as so many good intentioned people get into dogs for various reasons and find out that it is extremely expensive, time consuming and very frustrating at times.

    The AKC is not the villan. They do not register non-purebred dogs. They also gave the person the right information when it comes to FCI breed dogs. The comment “to expect me to spend more money to do the right thing per AKC”, speaks volumes about why this person wants to get into dogs. AKC did not start health problems in dogs, it comes with the territory. AKC does not guarantee that healthy dogs are being breed or sold, that is not their function. If you are planning on breeding then you will need to learn as much as possible about breed related health issues and so much more. I encourage all dog folks/future dogs folks to attend dog shows, dog club meetings in your local area, (this does not mean you have to join them or AKC). You will be glad you did because you will learn more than you ever dreamed possible. We are all adults and no matter what club you choose to be affiliated with you will find out that no club is perfect and they never will be. It is up to the individual to ensure they are doing the right things with their dogs and be responsible when you have health issues and don’t blame a line of dogs or people because all did not turn out as you anticipated. You decided to get into the dog game. You will have buyers wanting to bring puppies back for a many reasons and are you “professional” enough to take the dog back for any reason because you are the breeder and you chose to bring this life into exsistance? Or are you just out to make a buck. Good intentions are as abundant as politicians, can you walk the talk?

    Joe

    • Joe, You are completely right about investgating before you bring a new puppy home….I did not. I made some assumptions that were incorrect. Shame on me. Now that I have the puppy it doesn’t matter….but I would NEVER had paid the price I paid had I known about the differences in registration and AKC vs CKC. I do not plan to breed or show my puppy so luckily the point is moot. But for others out there…..be sure to find out all the information before you hand over the check. And don’t assume anything. I have copied of my puppy’s mother’s registration with CKC but no information on the father other than he is a purebred and weighed a certain amt. I am finding that difficult to digest as this puppy already weighs more than my full grown AKC dog did as an adult. The puppy is 15 weeks. Buyer Beware and Be Informed!

    • Joe:
      Thanks for the education that you provided.
      My family just lost our two adorable, lovable and fun loving Akitas and we are devasted. I know that they were not going to live forever but I never envisioned parting with them. They were our first pets and we were inseparable. My husband who does not allow himself to become emotional was bawling his head out when we lost his “son;” the last of the two.
      We really had to educate ourseleves before the purchase but we were not as knowlegable about what to look for or the appropriate questions to ask the breeders.
      We are in the process of puppy shopping for rplacement Akitas because we love the breed so much. We would be extremely grateful if you would provide some basic questions and things we should look for/at before our next purchase. Thus far, we ahve avoided what appeared to be puppy mills when breeders were willing to part with the pumps prior to eight weeks or were selling them cheaply or they did not care what homes their pups were going to raised in.
      Please provide some much mneeded guidance.
      I wish I knew someone who could call and ask the appropriate questions on her behalf.

      Warmest regards,
      Gee Gee

  8. I recently purchased a applehead Chihuahua. He is excellent w/ confirmation but because his grandparents were from Mexico. He is healthy &will be nurtured soon. 4 lbs & healthy @ 17months… He’s CKC BUT he will not be breeding.

  9. I’m just really confused about the differences between AKC vs CKC .. Looking to buy a toy poodle for my niece and everyone I’ve talked to tells me to make sure that the dog is registered with AKC which is a better breaded dog vs the CKC

  10. Help!!! I have a ckc (continental kennel club) Blenheim Cavalier King Charles female. She is now 2 1/2 and is still experiencing false pregnancies with her heats. I thought I would breed her just once and so did not get her fixed. Well—never thought it would be so hard to find a stud! Most of the AKC breeders are very reluctant to breed to CKC. We did manage to find one young inexperienced stud last season but he was unable to tie. Both were very willing an able but—–season ended with her very disappointed and him very happy. So—–how do I find a stud? I live in the Dallas, TX area and I can not believe it is this difficult. I’ve even looked as far as Oklahoma—

  11. I just got a chihuahua 8weeks both of her parents are CKC registered and the puppies where too! I was really thinking about not sending her papers in because of all the bad things i read on the internet about CKC. Like it wasn`t real and how it was a scam .I just wanted to say Thank You for clearing the air CKC is real.knowing that both AKC and CKC has had negative things said about like you who don`t.And the only differences are how long they been around and that one close their registry and the other didn`t.Also knowing that AKC they once started out like CKC start out , but having nothing to do with CKC becaues of it which to me is hypocritical . So I decided that i am going to seen her paper in . And feel good about it!!!!

    • Sorry hate this auto correct I just got a chihuahua 8weeks both of her parents are CKC registered and the puppies where too! I was really thinking about not sending her papers in because of all the bad things i read on the internet about CKC. Like it wasn`t real and how it was a scam .I just wanted to say Thank You for clearing the air CKC is real.knowing that both AKC and CKC has had negative things said about them like you said who don`t.And the only differences are how long they been around and that one close their registry and the other didn`t.Also knowing that AKC they once started out like CKC started out , but having nothing to do with CKC becaues of it which to me is hypocritical . So I decided that i am going to seen her paper in . And feel good about it!!!!

  12. The CKC aka Continental Kennel Club is worthless and will register any type of dog including mixed breed mutts. Don’t ignore the CKC run like hell from it! It is a money hungry/grabbing worthless organization that has absolutely NO care for the pure bred dogs!

  13. So if you have a puppy or dog that is registered with one club and you would like it to be with another are you able to do so. Ex: You purchase a puppy that is registered with CKC but would like it to be registered with AKC is that possible to be done?

  14. Please note, the “CKC” is the Canadian Kennel Club, and the “ConKC” is the Continental Kennel Club. Please don’t propagate the CKC as the Continental Kennel Club. :)

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