I doubt that AKC will ever sponsor it free of charge unless they would force us to purchase the Pedigree at the time we register our dogs. As of now they offer a Pedigree purchase at a price. It is a pretty Pedigree form, doesn't change the dog though.!! I have several thousands of Beagle Pedigrees saved in my data and usually can work out a pedigree from that. I did have to go to Pawvillage for some and found some on Pawvillage that were not accurate. I did recently find a couple in my data that I made mistakes in, but hopefully are corrected now. Worldpedigrees is still active, but most are pedigrees of older dogs. I have researched old dogs there which you can go back with some to when they were imported here.John it’s up to you now!
Think some one might take it over?
The AKC should sponsor it free of charge!
Huntsman, I rarely sell any dogs. I give more away, some nice ones I may give away for reasons that they don't handle the way a man of my age can handle these days. Or just a good pleasure dog that is missing something to Field Trial, but will fit a gunner. Once I fall in love with one it has a home for its life even if it fits no one else. If I give one away that deserves to be AKC registered I will also include a pedigree, not the fancy AKC form pedigree, but an accurate pedigree that I produced form my data that is verified to be accurate.I always print a 5 generation pedigree for anyone who gets a puppy from me. Any breeder should be able to do that so the new owner does not need to go to the AKC for an expensive pedigree purchase. I use a simple template I created in MS Word.
And I enjoy World Pedigrees. I traced one of my puppies back 40 generations to 1870 on his tail male (topline) line. I also used it to determine he has 1588 crosses of a show champion from the 1960s. Amazing stuff.