AKC VS CKC (or other registries)
We should 1st mention that there is no registry that runs perfectly....all have flaws and all have elements that they need to work on. With this being said, while there are some issues with AKC, they are the strictest registry in the U.S. They keep a close eye on all breeders, demanding that they follow guidelines that others do not ask for....This is all done with good intentions: For the health of the dogs and to preserve, maintain and improve the bloodline of the breed. If a breeder does not follow the guidelines, they will be taken out of the program and have to then choose a different kennel club.
You will find that AKC puppies cost more than those that are CKC (Continental Kennel Club- not to be confused with the very respected Canadian Kennel Club). To boil it all down, AKC puppies are more expensive because they are rare in comparison to CKC or other registrations. Again, while each has pros and cons, CKC is notorious for allowing anyone to register a dog as a purebred without any proof other than the signature of 2 "witnesses"...There are many people who take advantage of this. With AKC, one will have proof that a pup is indeed purebred.