A person can register their dog with the American Kennel Club if the dog is purebred. Owners can register their dog online at AKC.org or send the application in through the mail. Also, many local municipalities require dog owners to register dogs with the city.
When registering the dog, one is typically required to provide the sex of the dog, the name of all owners and co-owners of the dog, color and coat markings on the dog, as well as other pertinent information relating to the dog's breed and health. The purpose of dog registration with a city is to ensure the health and safety of the dog and anyone who comes into contact with him within the city limits. AKC registration serves different purposes, focused specifically on breeding and research.