Brief Overview of Registries Pertinent to Coteau Kennels

Coteau Kennel currently has dogs that are registered with UKC, AKC and NAVHDA. Not all of our dogs are registered with all three of these organizations but all of them are registered with at least two of them.

In its basic form a dog registry is a data base. This data base is used to maintain a record of a dog's parents, grand parents, great grand parents, etc. The most common use of the data base is the documentation of breed purity. A breed or performance club on the other hand is designed to maintain a breed's function and form. In the best of worlds a dog registry and a breed club should compliment each other like sunshine and warmth, but we rarely live in the best of worlds.

Currently to ensure our dogs at Coteau Kennel and their offspring have transferable registries to NAVHDA all our dogs are AKC registered as Brittanies, and to ensure genetic purity all our dogs with the exception of Vespers Belle Du Hunrunr are UKC registered as Epagneul Bretons. Zeus' Ebony Leaps Alot and Belle are also registered and tested with NAVHDA and when Unite Du Plum Creek is ready she will be as well. Note: Both the UKC and NAVHDA offer opportunities to test your dog(s) for performance. Additionally, UKC offers a venue to have your dog(s) confirmation judge to ensure that the dogs are complete in both function and form - a total dog concept.

Following, I have listed the three dog registries (UKC, AKC and FCI), one breed club (FBGDA) and one combination performance and registry (NAVHDA) that Coteau Kennels is involved with either directly or indirectly. There is a note after each mission statement that identifies contradictions with their fellow dog registry, breed club, or performance club.

American Kennel Association,( AKC), was founded in 1884. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its Registry, prioritizing the sport of pure bred dogs and breeding for type and function. Funded in 1884, the AKC and its affiliated organizations advocate for the pure bred dog as a family companion, advanced canine health and well being, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible ownership. Note: The AKC does not recognize the Epagneul Breton (French Brittany) as a separate breed from the American Brittany.

United Kennel Club, (UKC), was founded in 1898. The UKC is the largest performance registry in the world. The UKC promotes the interest of owners, breeders, and enthusiast who work to balance beauty and working performance to produce happier, healthier dogs. Note: The UKC is the official registry of the Epagneul Breton (French Brittany) recognizing it as a separate breed from the Brittany (American Brittany) but as of 2007 will not back register any dog as an Epagneul Breton that cannot be proven 100% American Brittany free.

North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association, (NAVHDA), was founded in 1969. NAVHDA is dedicated to fostering, improving, promoting, and protecting the versatile hunting dog in North America. Note: NAVHDA does not recognize a UKC registration and does not recognize the Epagneul Breton (French Brittany) as a separate breed from the American Brittany.

Club Epagneul Breton - US, is the breed club dedicated to the protection and promotion of the Epagneul Breton by maintaining the breed's unique qualities and characteristics as developed for more then a century in France. Note: The UKC and FBGDA work hand and hand to maintain the international standards and working style of the Epagneul Breton.

Federation Cynologique Internationale, FCI, is the worlds canine organization and register. It includes 82 members (one member per member country but not the United States) that each issue their own pedigrees, standards, and train their own judges. The FCI ensures that the pedigrees and judges are mutually recognized by all FCI members. Note: The FCI could care less about any North American dog registration or political squabbles as most of our standards, testing, and registries are copied from theirs.

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