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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Odar Rapids Gazette: Son., Aug. 25, 1974 74 It's the Humane Thing To Do By Susan Welsh What does the certficate for a purebred (often referred In as pap- ers) actually represent? one hears that 2 pel owner is (joint; to raise a Illler of puppies simply he- cause the has "papers" Others will purchase a partic- ular pel because it lias "pap- therefore it should be a Koort The certificate of registra- tion is merely an idenlifica- lion nothiiiK more. It states the names, hirth date, names nf sire and dam, breeder's name, owner's name and the number assigned to thai nidi vidual dog The American club is undouhtedly Ihe most well kri'iwn of the registry agencies :tnr< trs'ist often re ferred lo. rej-istenni; last year. The responsi- bility of a registry agency is that of recording purebred which are eligible for such registration arcnrding In the information provided by the breeder and then assign inK a inmiber for computer and filing purposes. The registry agency is not responsible for the quality. lempermrnl or potential of any ol these dogs. This certifi- cate defs not act as a stamp ol approval In any way it merely acknowledges 'hat the dog has been Identified and on record, act unlike a birth err tlflcate or automobllr rrgis tratlon. Therefore it is not a gilt- edyed guarantee that the an- imal is an outstanding; specimen its breed nor does it include a promise ol fantastic blue ribbon wins or fame in the field. The responsibility fur the credibility (if the individual dog and of the registration information lies solely with the breeder of the dog. A rep utable breeder does thorough research un his dogs, iheir backgrounds, lemperment. maintains proper Mionis ami then chooses the best animals he possibly can before he raises a litter. A breeder will lie able In tell a prospective buyer, within reason, what he may or myy nut frnrn his puppies and what he feels Iheir potential may or may not be. He will be honest with a buyer if he feels a puppy is of quality only. This is ;i which is purebred and eli- gible for registration, but may not be of a quality necessary for the show ring, obedience or field trial competition. The breeder would encoor (he buyer net breed this dog, as it would not be In the best interests ol Ihe brffd. Dogs certainly don't have to be of the highest quality to be good pels. Besides, less than five percent ol Ihe registered dogs are The breeder with integrity is not a person who just happens to own a purebred dog and breeds it because it has "papers" and is sure lo make a profit by selling these "papered" puppies It would be wise to follow the examples of the reputable breeder This would be to the bem.-fn ami fuiurc itf Also, in this time nf Kreat concern regarding con- sumer protection laws, it would be wise to have the product that which it is represented to be. Please address all questions and inquiries to I.inn County Humane Society Auxiliary', P.O. 2ftrj. Cedar Rapids, Open Monday Night 'til acres tvarylhing for the horns Third Avenue at First Street in Downtown Cedar Rapids TAKE MONTHS TO PAY Use Smulekoffs Budget Account Immediate FREE DELIVERY and set up in your home Clearance! 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