Frequently Asked Questions
A litter is eligible for registration if:
- It is the result of a mating between an AKC-registered sire (male) and an AKC-registered dam (female) of the same breed.
- It is whelped (born) in the U.S.A, its possession or territories (Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Marianna Islands).
For more information about registering a litter with the AKC, go to:
You can register your litter online at:
A litter is eligible for registration:
- If it is the result of a mating between an AKC registered Sire (male) and an AKC registered Dam (female) of the same breed.
- Is whelped (born) in the U.S.A, its possession or territories (Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Marianna Islands).
Litters must be registered by the American Kennel Club within six months from the date of birth (Chapter 3, Section 4 of the Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline).
The litter owner needs to complete an AKC Litter Application. The application requires basic information, such as the date of birth, number of males and females in the litter, the parent's registered names and numbers, and the owner's address and signature. There is a litter registration fee of $25.00 plus $2.00 per puppy. Registrations take approximately 18 working days from the date mailed to AKC to be processed and returned to the owner. After the litter application is processed, we issue the dog registration applications. Those are the forms that the litter owner signs over to the new owners. It is then up to each new owner to complete and mail the application to the AKC so their dog is individually registered.
You can download a litter application at:
If you need an application mailed to you, please e-mail your name and your home mailing address.
For more information about registering a litter with the AKC, see:
This is a pilot program to determine interest and value to our customers. We want to get the results back in a specified amount of time, and that is why the coupons can only be used for a limited period.
The coupons are a reward and thank you to AKC’s breeders. We are also designing a number of different programs to reward our breeders. We will have other programs in the future which may provide even more benefits for you than the Litter Coupon program.
You will need a Litter Correction Form to correct an application that has already been completed.
The Litter Correction Form can be downloaded from our website at: http://www.akc.org/pdfs/masterform.cfm.
The form can be mailed to:
American Kennel Club
8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27617-3390.
If you need an application mailed to you, please email your home mailing address to AKC.
If the litter application has not been completed, please e-mail the correction to AKC.
Please do not contact the AKC regarding your application until 10 business days have passed since the date you mailed it.
You can check the status of your transaction at:
If you cannot find the status from the above search and you are inquiring about an application to register a litter, please email us the following information at email@example.com:
Your name and your home mailing address as it appears on the application
The AKC name and number for the dam of the litter
The approximate date you mailed the application
For a duplicate litter kit
The litter owner needs to fill out the Duplicate Litter Kit Request form which can be found at http://www.akc.org/pdfs/masterform.cfm.
Example of how AKC reissues the litter kits: If there are five dogs in a litter, we will issue forms /01, /02, /03, /04 and /05. If a duplicate form is issued, a new sequence number is created rather than duplicating an existing sequence number. Thus the last sequence number for dogs out of a litter will be one greater than the number of pups in the litter for each duplicate form issued. In this example the next form would be /06, then /07, and so on.
For a duplicate individual dog registration application:
The litter owner needs to fill out the Duplicate Dog Registration Application form which can be found at http://www.akc.org/pdfs/masterform.cfm.
Note: The only person who can request another copy of the dog's registration application is the litter owner. If you are not the litter owner, you should get in touch with the litter owner and have that individual request another copy.
AKC will update our customer records at no charge.
Please download a Change of Address Form from our website at http://www.akc.org/pdfs/masterform.cfm.
Or submit in writing your full name, new address, old address, and telephone number to:
The American Kennel Club
PO Box 37939
Raleigh, NC 27627
If you have a registered dog(s) or litter(s) listed using a variation of your name or a nickname, please include this to ensure your address is updated on all your records.
Answer: The AKC's DNA programs have resulted in an unprecedented level of accuracy to the AKC registry by evaluating the parentage of many AKC dogs and litters. However, a very small percentage of dogs are found, often years after birth, to have an unknown ancestor. All AKC registered dogs that are descendants of the unknown ancestor will have their registration downgraded to "conditional" until a three generation pedigree of DNA profiled parentage is established. "Unknown" will be noted on the registration or pedigree for the ancestor in question. Once a three generation pedigree is established, all future descendants will be given a standard registration status. Dogs with Conditional Registration may participate in the same AKC events in which ILP dogs may participate. To register a litter sired or produced by a dog with Conditional Registration, both the sire and dam must be AKC DNA Profiled.
The Conditional Registration program began in June 2007.
For more information on the Conditional Registration Program, please click here.
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