Beware of Unreliable Kennel Clubs
Updated: May 28, 2019
Note: Lots of kennel club names and acronyms ahead!
Recently we became aware that some folks are selling dogs as registered Kangal
Dogs but they do not have UKC pedigrees/registrations. They actually have
pedigrees/registrations from one of the less reputable “kennel clubs” and this is
something that is sure to confuse potential puppy buyers. The only legitimate
registry for Kangal Dogs in the U.S. and Canada is the UKC, but many interested
buyers may not know that.
Who are these questionable kennel clubs? These businesses (most are for profit)
sometimes have names or initials that resemble the established kennel clubs,
obviously to more easily confuse people. They also have nice websites and provide
impressive looking pedigrees for breeders to give to their puppy buyers.
Unfortunately, these organizations don’t require dogs to have any proof of pedigree
or breed origin; grant breed registrations only by appearance in a photo; register
dogs without documentation at all and call them “rare breeds”; or register all sorts
of cross-breeds or mixed breeds with cute names. They often cater to puppy mills by
offering discounts for high volume breeders.
These unreliable kennel clubs include:
Continental Kennel Club (CKC) - not to be confused with the Canadian Kennel
Universal Kennel Club International (UKCI)
Dog Registry of America (DRA)
North American Purebred Dog Registry (NAPDR)
United All Breed Registry (UABR)
Reputable kennel clubs are organizations that maintain breed standards (primarily
written by the parent breed club) and record pedigrees in a registry. They sponsor
dog events from conformation shows to active events like obedience, scent work,
agility, etc. The established kennel clubs have also been around for a long time; they
include the American Kennel Club (1876), United Kennel Club (1898), Canadian
Kennel Club (1888), and the British Kennel Club (1873). In Turkey, KIF is the official
kennel club that belongs to the international kennel club umbrella organization the