April 14, 2021
It is my belief that every litter should be required to have the Sire and Dam DNA prior to breeding and once born all of the resulting offspring should be DNA and sent to AKC prior to registration.
Why you may ask?
To keep high volume for profit only kennels from cheating unsuspecting buyers. If the Buyer believes they are purchasing a puppy from Sire A, that puppy should actually be sired by Sire A.
I have 3 individuals who have contacted me with concerns about the puppy they purchased not being sired by who the breeder said they were. I also have a statement from same breeder that she throws the males in with her females in season and decides by coat color who sired who.
Parentage confirmation should be required when applying for litter registration.
DNA profiles provide several functions, including positive identification, accurate pedigree tracing and of course the confirmation of parentage.
The AKC does offer DNA profiles that creates and records the genetic ID of dogs. It is a voluntary program that I believe adds value to breeders by way of elimination of concerns and questions about parentage.
Anyone can contact AKC for a DNA kit. The kit is simple and just requires a swab to collect loose cells.
AKC offers voluntary and mandatory programs to ensure the integrity of their registry. Mandatory programs: Frequently Used Sires, Fresh Entended/Frozen Semen, Multiple Sired Litter Registration Policy, Import Breeding Stock requirement, Kennel Inspections/Compliance Audit Program.
Voluntary program: DNA Profiling
AKC has built the largest database of DNA profiles for parentage identification and genetic identity purposes. To include the DNA profiling as a mandatory program only makes sense.
I have profiled all my dogs and the puppies I keep from each litter are DNA. All my dogs have a clear confirmation of parentage.