And now that I have your attention ... seriously, I bought Sami on a limited registration. I'm assuming that the people who occasionally post about wanting to breed probably have dogs on full registration, since part of the appeal is being able to say "AKC Registered". I give ... where does your average person get a dog w/ a full registration? BYBers?
We bought our first lab from a reputable breeder and she did full registration. She has since changed that policy however. Our second lab came from an OK breeder (not BYB, or puppy mill but not fully reputable either as we found out in hindsight) and she sold all puppies on full. Our third lab was sold as a show prospect, so therefore it was part of our contract. All other littermates were sold limited.
So most likely if someone has a full registration puppy (and they were not a pre-approved show home family), it came from a breeder that didn't care to check the LIMITED box or a BYB or a puppy mill puppy sold at a pet store.
Thank you for asking this question. I was really curious about it. I didn't know about the BYB/puppymills using full registration, either. I just assumed that would-be breeders were violating their agreements.
It's sad really, that the BYB's sell on full registration. It rather dilutes the breed as a whole. I wish at the very least a labrador should have a WC to be able to breed and have registered pups. I believe in England they have to have a WC to get a Championship.
Roxy came from a BYB. Not only did he give us a full registration, he even TOLD us we could breed her and make some money on the puppies Guess that's why the females were more than the males :
I'm sure most BYB's probably don't even understand what the limited registration means which is why it was left unchecked. Plus, if they themselves are recklessly breeding dogs, why would they encourage anyone else to be responsible about it?