|Okay, this is for everyone.
First off, AKC is just as unorganized as any other registry. They are the snobs who go to the Golf Course on the weekend, so to speak not in literal terms.
No matter whom you register your dog with it can still be questionable regardless if it's AKC or otherwise. The only difference is AKC costs more and for that reason has more money than the other registries.
Now, as for the person posting about a Yorkie not growing up to look like a Yorkie? There are some seriously strange looking puppies that will come up with longer legs, funny shaped noses, etc... It's more or less like a birth defect. A Chihauhua can end up being 25 lbs or have longer legs and still be purebred. It's happened. It may or may not have anything to do with whether or not it's purebred.
As for Breeders being greedy... Yes, some maybe. But not all. I've raised litters from working with breeders in the past. It takes A LOT of hard work, A LOT of $$ is invested. Vaccinations, microchipping, Veterinary visits, mama's Veterinary visits, blood tests, hip testing for parents, etc etc... This all adds up and it doesn't cost a merely $200 people, give me a break!
If you want a nice quality purebred dog, then contact the registry and ask who is the best breeder to go with. Sometimes it's word of mouth so ask around, but be leary about Breeders who are busy badmouthing other breeders because those are the people to stay away from.
Depending on the breed of dog, if it's imported or not, what the bloodlines are like, and whether it's Show Quality or not the price will range. If you have a Puppy, regardless of registry, who has no champion in their Family Tree, and is a Golden Retriever (which millions are bred every year worldwide) than you're looking at spending $200-$400 but if it's registered expect to spend $300-$500. However, if it's a Saluki (of which there are only 5 litters per year WORLDWIDE) and it has Champion galore in it's Pedigree or imported from the Arab countries than you're looking at spending $1000-$5000 and possibly not even owning it outright! YES, IT'sTRUE, how would you like that? It's because the Breeder cares about the breed and the puppy itself so they take the time to make sure it's going with one home and one home only or coming right back to them. People draw contracts, but those are easy to disregard. Now, ownership is hard to avoid.
These are the facts. Deal with it or go to your local humane society and adopt a dog or cat, or if possible get yourself a free mixed breed puppy out of the paper.
Make sure to read and study about the breed you're interested in to figure out whether or not it fits your lifestyle. And if you're at work often find another means to have it taken care of, like Daycare or Petsitters you can trust. If you can't trust anyone and don't have the time than a dog isn't for you!
People breed to better the breed of their dog, if they are breeding for the money they shouldn't be breeding but as we all know there will always be those people who will continue to do so. Yes there are zillions of mills and many of them go through AKC as their registry!!!!!
It comes down to this, if you are ignorant and feel you have to get an AKC registered dog, than go get one. If you can't afford it, look elsewhere. Make sure you know about the breed before you buy it. If you must, ask the breeder why they are selling it for the price and if they give you an explanation have them prove their explanation... Plain and simple.