Online Dog Registration Glossary
Online Dog Registration Glossary
Online Dog Registration terms with their definitions

Address:
An address of record is the street address that AKC has on file.

Litter Owner Action:
One of several options that a litter owner has within the Online Dog Regstration system to process a dog from their litter.

Note: If your litter has multiple owners you can only use our Online Dog Registration service to register the dog in the names of all litter owners. No transfer information can be recorded.

Register Pup To Breeder - If the litter owner keeps the puppy and wants to register it, they would select this action. A series of simple screens would be presented that would lead them through the registration process.

Enter Pup or Owner Info - If the litter owner selects this action they can record the name and address of buyer of the dog and specific characteristics of that dog. The litter owner has the option of recording dog information that can be printed for their records prior to a transfer.

Artificial Insemination
The introduction of semen into the female reproductive tract by artificial means.

Fresh semen inseminations require that both the sire and dam are present, at the same time, during extraction and insemination.

Fresh extended (chilled) semen is extracted and extended by a licensed veterinarian. The semen must be extracted from a dog within the USA and shipped to a point within the USA only. This type of semen must be used within a specified period of time.

Frozen semen is extracted, frozen, and stored for future use by a licensed veterinarian. The collection must be reported to AKC, and the collector/storer must be an AKC-approved facility and in compliance with AKC record keeping practices.

Bitch:
A female canine.

Breed:
A domestic race of dogs (selected and maintained by humans) with a common gene pool and a characterized appearance and function.

Breeder:
A person who breeds dogs. Under AKC rules, the breeder is the owner, or the lessee, of the dam on the date of a mating that results in a litter.

Breeding Age Limits:
According to AKC rules, a dam must be at least 8 months old, but not more than 12 years old, on the date of mating. A sire must be at least 7 months old, but not more than 12 years old, on the date of mating.

New Puppy Owner Email:
If the New Puppy Owner Email address is entered, the new puppy owner will be informed via email upon the completion of the transfer that they can register their dog online by accessing the www.akc.org/dogreg site. A new puppy owner, who does not have an email address, may still register their dog online by going to the www.akc.org/dogreg site.

Certificate Issue Date:
The date AKC issued the Registration Certificate. This is found near the American Kennel Club seal on the certificate.

Color:
One of the AKC standard or alternate colors for this breed of dog.

Note: Colors are approved by the National Breed Clubs so if a color is not found, then please mail in your application with a photograph of your puppy.

Crossbred:
A dog whose sire and dam are representatives of two different breeds. AKC cannot register a crossbred dog.

Coupon:
A printed form to be used for a discount on specified AKC forms or merchandise.

Dam:
The female parent of the dog.

Dam Name - The unique name given to the dam during AKC dog registration. AKC rules prohibit changing the registered name of a dog.

Dam Owner - The person who, according to AKC records, is the registered owner of the dam.

Dam Registration Number - The unique number assigned to a dog when it is individually registered with AKC.

Dam Owner Email - The electronic mail address of the dam owner.

Dog:
A male dog; also used collectively to designate both male and female.

Dog Name:
The AKC recognized name of a dog. Please see Naming of Dogs for more information.

Expedite Litter Kit Delivery:
Once the sire owner approves the litter, the litter kit can be sent overnight, next business day delivery.

Fees:
Charges for AKC services. These are determined by AKC's Board of Directors and are subject to change without notice.

The $20 processing fee is a nonrefundable charge to process an application.

A late fee of $35 is charged if the registration application is submitted 1 year after the date of the litter registration and $65 if the registration occurs 2 years after the litter registration date.

Foundation Stock Service (FSS):
The Foundation Stock Service is an optional record keeping service for purebred breeds not currently registrable with AKC.


Gender:
The sex of the puppy; male or female.

Inbreeding:
The mating of two closely related dogs of the same breed.

Incapacitation:
When a recorded owner is unable to sign AKC documents due to an illness or handicap.

Lease:
The assignment of breeding rights by the recorded owner of a bitch to another person for a specified period of time. Only bitches may be leased.

Changing Owner Type:
If you would like to make a Co-Owner the Primary Contact please click 'Set Primary'. All documents will be mailed to the Primary Contacts address.

Number of Transfers:
The number of subsequent transfers between the litter owner and the new owner that is registering the dog.

Limited Registration:
Restricted registration that prohibits both AKC registration of any puppies produced by this dog and participation in conformation events. Limited registration is assigned to a dog by its breeder. Only the breeder can revoke a limited registration.

Full Registration:
Full registration allows AKC registration of any puppies produced by this dog and participation in any applicable events.

Litter:
A litter is the puppy or puppies of one whelping.

Litter registration is the recording of the birth of a litter of puppies that are offspring of an AKC-registered sire and dam of the same breed.

A litter kit contains an Individual Dog Registration Application for each puppy in a litter and a litter record in order to maintain the proper written records required by AKC regulations.

A litter record is a form used to maintain the proper written records required by AKC regulations.

The litter owner is the person who is the owner or lessee of the dam when the litter is whelped.

Litter Date of Birth:
The date the litter was born. (Also known as the Whelp Date.)

Litter Number:
The unique number assigned to a litter when it is registered with AKC.

Living Females:
The number of female puppies in the litter to be registered. AKC only registers living dogs.

Living Males:
The number of male puppies in the litter to be registered. AKC only registers living dogs.

Markings:
One of the AKC standard or alternate markings for this breed of dog.

Mating:
The sexual coupling of a dog and bitch.

Close mating is a condition where there is less than 4 months and 15 days between either:

  • The date of mating of a previously registered litter and the date of mating of a newly submitted litter application for the same dam.

  • The whelping date of a previously registered litter and the whelping date of a newly submitted litter application out of the same dam. Will cause the rejection of a litter application for questioning.

Multiple Sired Litter:
Litter resulting from a bitch mated with more than one sire during her season.

Tattoo/Microchip IDs:
Methods used to identify your dog.

Power of Attorney:
When a recorded owner grants another individual the authorization to sign AKC documents on his/her behalf.

Puppy Number:
The unique number assigned to a puppy from a litter registered with AKC. The puppy number consists of the litter number plus a sequential suffix.

Registration Certificate:
The document issued by AKC to the registered owner of a dog when it is individually registered or transferred to a new owner.

Registration Package:
Gold Package - Includes an official AKC Registration certificate, a three generation AKC Certified Pedigree (traces back three generations of your dog's ancestry), the AKC Dog Care and Training DVD and a subscription to the AKC Family Dog magazine for an additional $29 fee.

Silver Package - Includes an official AKC Registration certificate and a three generation AKC Certified Pedigree (traces back three generations of your dog's ancestry) for an additional $16 fee.

Basic Registration - Includes an official AKC Registration certificate.

Lost & Found Option:
In the AKC Reunite database, your name, address, and telephone numbers are linked to your dog's unique AKC Registration number printed on the collar tag. If your animal is ever recovered, our experts (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) will use the unique AKC Registration number to reunite you with your loved one.

Included in this offer:

1. AKC Collar Tag - High quality blue acrylic tag imprinted with your dog's AKC registration number.
2. Lifetime enrollment with AKC CAR 24/7 recovery services for the life of your pet.
Sire:
The male parent of a dog.


Sire Name - The unique name given to the sire during AKC dog registration. AKC rules prohibit changing the registered name of a dog.

Sire Owner - The person who, according to AKC records, is the registered owner of the sire.

Sire Registration Number - A unique number assigned to a dog when it is individually registered with AKC.

Sire Owner Email - The electronic mail address of the sire owner.

Statement of Legal Rights:
A form authorizing a person to act for a deceased person in AKC affairs. The form must be notarized.


Stud Book Date:
This is the month and year of the issue of the Stud Book Register in which the particulars of the dog's first breeding experience are recorded. It should not be confused with the dog's date of birth. The Stud Book Register, published monthly, contains the pedigree (sire and dam) of a dog that has been used at stud or a bitch that has whelped a litter for the first time. The Register also contains the names of the owners of all dogs and bitches published as well as the names of the breeders. In addition, registration numbers, dates of whelping, and colors are listed.

Stud Dog:
A male dog used for breeding purposes.

Stud Dog Power of Attorney:
A completed form (used primarily by handlers) that authorizes AKC to accept the signature of someone other than the actual owner of the stud dog named. This form can be used only on litter applications for litters sired by that dog. The form is valid for one year; a new form must be filed to extend authorization.

Submission Date:
The date which the litter owner entered the online application to register a particular litter.

Total Puppies:
The number of living males and females in a litter.

Transaction Number:
A unique number AKC assigns for tracking purposes to an online application.

Transfer Date:
The date the ownership of the puppy was transferred from litter owner to the new owner. If a litter owner registers the puppy, the transfer date is equal to the litter date of birth.

Your Last Name:
The last name that the litter owner had entered as the new puppy owner's last name. This is required as additional verification that you are eligible to register the puppy.

Variety:
A subcategory within a breed. For example, miniature, toy and standard poodles.

Whelp:
In whelp
is when the dam is pregnant.

The whelp date is the date on which the puppies are born. Also referred to as the litter date of birth.

Whelping is the act of birthing puppies.