Today’s the 140th anniversary of the founding of the American Kennel Club (AKC for short). Without a doubt, we’re huge fans of dog shows; we’re big fans of dogs in general. We offer registered dogs & mixed breed dogs and we’re also happy to publish weekly updates from Griffin Pond Animal Shelter and SPCA of Luzerne County.

We often get ads for dogs who have papers. Since we doubt that those papers are rolls of cheery wrapping paper or even the Sunday funny pages, we had to wonder: what, exactly, are those papers? What does that mean?

A dog’s registration papers indicate that it’s registered with a registry body such as the AKC. The registration helps track the lineage of the dog; if both the parents are registered, registration forms (blue slips) will be issued for each of the puppies in the litter. The registration (or “papers”) is a record of the parentage of the dogs as well as the date of birth and breeder. The buyer of the pup sends in the blue slip with the applicable fee and – voila! – the dog is registered.