I'm sending an e-mail asking the breeder some questions too but thought I'd post here too. Can someone explain the AKC papers to me and what they mean. What will they provide for me and what do they mean? Thanks
The easiest way to look at your AKC paperwork means to the average owner is to say first off it is proof of ownership. Your puppy will be registered in your name, he/she is yours.
If I were you I might also look into microchiping which ID's your dog is in fact the dog you say it is.
The papers also identify your dog as a purebred poodle.
Other than that they don't mean much else unless you're planning on breeding or competing.. Some breeders, and maybe even others on this forum may feel differently. To be honest though, you can get purebred registered dogs from good breeder or from back yard breeders so they don't garentee the quailty or future health of you new baby. Thus, in my humble opinion they don't
Now for breeding the paperwork means something else as well, it is a form of record keeping, as are pedigree's.
I am thinking of agility training or therapy. Is there anything special I have to do with that. I have just started looking into the therapy training. I will problyjust start with a basic puppy class and see how well we do. (I don't have the pup yet not till the end of May.) Thanks!
In order to certify to therapy work you need to complete a puppy and probably at least a basic obedience class. A lot of organizations require that you take and pass the canine good citizen, (CGC) test before you enter the therapy dog classes or take their test. AKC will send you a nice certificate wether your dog is registered or not but if they are registered than the certificate includes their registered name, which is always pretty Puppy classes are always a good idea for every dog not just those who wish to go on to more advanced tasks. At any rate you will definitly find the socialization you get from a puppy class helpful
As far as registration goes you won't need anything special to do any of that. Now you will have to have the puppy registered and have their registration numbver (which would be found the "papers" you get after registering you pup) if you are planning on competing in Agility.