So it was essentially just as you said. Thanks for your help everyone. And I love the poodlepedigree.com that is great.Thank you for contacting the American Kennel Club (AKC(r)). You are looking at a Stud Book date. If a date is shown after a dog's registration number (ex: 06-96), this is the month and year of the issue of the Stud Book Register in which the particulars of the dog's first breeding experience are recorded, it should not be confused with the dog's date of birth. The Stud Book Register, published monthly, contains the pedigree (sire and dam) of a dog that has been used at stud or a bitch that has whelped a litter for the first time. The Register also contains the names of the owners of all dogs and bitches published as well as the names of the breeders. In addition, registration numbers, dates of whelping, and colors are listed.