Being AKC registered doesn't mean a thing.
From a good quote in the Pet shop dobermans
Basically, all it means is that you mailed in the paperwork to AKC and they gave your dog a number. Congratulations. Sorry, but that is not a justifiable reason to breed *anything*.
And another thing to add, AKC registered doesn't mean reputable or ethical.
I'll tell those supporting BYBs a story. My pastor back when I went to church had these two papered golden retrievers. Sweet dogs, very friendly, well kept and taken care of. The vet thought they were very healthy, and they got many compliments on their dogs and requests for puppies. They were quite pretty, a nice deep gold color that's not quite red but not quite yellow. They definitely had enough money and time to take care of them, what with their kids being almost adults.
So they bred their dogs. They waited until their female was 2, since they'd been told by the vet that they shouldn't breed prior to that, and homes were called for before the litter even hit the ground. They sold the puppies for $300 each. Most of their customers were fellow members of the church, so they knew that they'd go to good homes. In fact, their puppies were such a hit that they were asked to breed their dogs again, so they did the next heat cycle and sold those puppies for $300 each too. Then they waited a year, then produced two more litters for $300 each and kept one of the females from the last litter. Their original two were seniors by this time, so they stopped breeding and had them fixed. Not the new female though.
Well by this time one of the kids who'd already moved out had bought one of their puppies, a female as well. She also bought a male, and after discussion with her parents, bred them together a total of 4 times too. Those puppies went for $400 each, also mostly to churchgoers but some of them were sold via newspaper because many of the churchgoers had a dog already by now.
My pastor and his family kept up with the pups and their new homes, asking how they were occasionally during greeting or after church. I made a discovery overhearing and participating in a few of these conversations. Practically no one had spayed or neutered their dogs, and many of the female owners had already had an "accidental" litter which were also sold for $300 a pop. Practically no one recognized the needs of a Golden, and they were very surprised when their sweet puppy turned into a hyper demonic chewing machine from lack of stimulation. Practically no one understood how to train a dog, so their now-adult dogs still pulled on the leash and had terrible manners and only basic training.
At least three, possibly more by now, had doordashed and been hit by cars. One was converted into an free-roaming outdoor dog by a lady who didn't like that her antiques were destroyed, didn't have a fence, but did have a pond... she drowned. Four were given away to "a farm" (lingo here used around kids when the dog is put down) because they "were bad" and "didn't listen". Two are registered dangerous dogs after biting their children.
Many of these dogs had severe allergies. Their owners constantly grilled my pastor on what he fed his dogs because whatever food they bought was making their dogs itch or go bald or poop patties. Many were reactive on leash and in the house, but fine when offleash or in the yard, and I later learned that my pastor's original two were similar and had to be locked up in the house or they would not stop barking at guests. Nearly all of them were banned from outdoor church meetings, where dogs are welcome, because they would bark and growl at anyone they saw while they were leashed, and the kids were afraid of them.
Now the kicker in all of this? My pastor regrets that he didn't buy a second male, as now his new female is almost a senior herself and too old to be safely bred says the vet. 8 litters. More than 50 puppies. And he regrets only that he wasn't able to produce 4 more litters from his current unaltered girl. That's okay though, two of his kids just bought two more Goldens from someone else and in a few year's time they're planning on breeding them, and hey they'll give good old dad a puppy or two since he wants to breed those anyway.
AKC registered, all of these dogs are papered. My pastor is a fantastic dog owner and takes very good care of his dogs, making sure that he doesn't overbreed his female and always checks up with the vet to make sure she's healthy enough to be bred. His house is clean, and he's genuinely a good person. But he's not
a good breeder, and I'm glad my family has never shown much of an interest in Goldens.