What is an AKC Breeder of Merit and Why Should I Care?

In November 27, 2017
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You may have seen the symbol below on our homepage. This shows that we are an AKC Breeder of Merit.  You might be thinking… yeah, so what?  But, truth be told, this does help you narrow down through your list of breeders…

AKC breeder of merit- Endless Mt. LabradorsIn order to be a Breeder of Merit, a breeder has to meet the following standards taken from the AKC website:

” Requirements

  • Has a history of at least 5 years involvement with AKC events. (we have 17 years of showing, 3o years of breeding)
  • Earned Conformation, Performance or Companion event titles on a minimum of 4 dogs they bred/co-bred. (we have many dogs (see our home page) that have achieved Championship, and Grand Championships…and many have been in the top 35 in the breed in the US!)
  • Member of an AKC club (local or parent club). Its a brutal screening process to become accepted. We have been a member of our club for several years and also serve on the board)
  • Certifies that applicable health screeningss are performed on your breeding stock as recommended by the Parent Club. (For labradors that is CERF, OFA (hips and elbows), Optigen, PRA, EIC, HNPK, NARC, Heart (by echo doppler) and CNM.)
  • Demonstrates a commitment to ensuring 100% of the puppies produced are AKC registered.
Paige pup- Endless Mt. Labradors

Paige x Hero pup

What all of this basically shows, is that the breeder has a record of caring about health and conformation, for generations, in their dogs.  I can guarantee you that no puppy mill is showing their dogs in AKC events…no achieving titles like Grand Champions. Many BYB are the same…so ask many questions…and feel free to use our “How to choose a breeder” blog when screening breeders of Labradors)

Romeo competing in veterans class at the Gala at LRCP, and took 2nd to "Trouble" the #1 lab in the US at the time. Romeo is now a Grand Champion

Romeo competing in veterans class at the Gala at LRCP, and took 2nd to “Trouble” the #1 lab in the US at the time. Romeo is now a Grand Champion

 

Romeo Best of Breed Show Shot- Endless Mt. Labradors

Romeo taking Best of Breed!

Mackie Best of Breed Show Shot- Endless Mt. Labradors

Mackie and his Best of Breed win!

We are proud to say that not only do we care about health and conformation in our dogs, but we also have focused on great temperament for over 29 years… That’s something only experience can get you.

 

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AKC Breeder of Merit- Endless Mt. Labradors

 

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