WHY DO SOME BREEDERS NOT OFFER
FULL AKC REGISTRATION?
Many breeders feel strongly that "breeding should be left to breeders" - and with that I heartily agree! Most first time breeders end up in a huge (and expensive mess) UNLESS they simply don't try at all to do it correctly.
If you are not an established breeder chances are you will not have a good selection of studs available to you; so you end up using your own dog and voila' you are a "backyard breeder"! It is also difficult to find homes if you do not have an established website... which is why so many really poor quality "breeders" end up peddling their pups on CRAIGS LIST - against the stated rules of that business.
This is the main reason reputable breeders are cautious about releasing full registration to puppy buyers.
Another reason is that not all pups SHOULD be bred - and pups which the breeder does not want bred leave with "LIMITED" registration. (THESE are the dogs which unethical "breeders" will register with the "other" registries listed above right - and why implore you not to buy dogs "registered" with those businesses.)
But, sadly, there are not so positive reasons too. Far too many breeders want to keep a "monopoly" on their dogs, and you can often tell by the prices they charge for their pups. It is not uncommon for one of these unethical Doberman breeders to charge $3000 or more for uncropped, unhealth tested puppies - pure profit for them - pure nightmare for the breed.
I've heard so called "responsible breeders" arguing how perfect and healthy their line of Dobermans are - but yet they won't let anyone else breed them. In a breed suffering from as many health issues as the Doberman I would think that anyone with healthy, good, sound dogs would feel obligated to see that these dogs are used.
I guess these people would rather see a newbie breeding their unhealth tested CRAIGS LIST Dobermans than mentor them and help them get started with good stock... I don't get it.
I sell my pups with both. Anyone not interested in breeding may pay the lower price and get the LIMITED registration. Those who I feel are serious about perhaps breeding, and want to keep the option open, will have to buy a pup I feel is "foundation quality"* and pay the price for that type of quality.
* No one can predict which dog will be truly "foundation quality" at 8 weeks of age. However, if a pup has above average structure, above average temperament, all clear DNA clearances and is a pup *I* would consider keeping for breeding, I consider them "foundation quality".