How Do You Register a Dog With the AKC?

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To register your dog with the American Kennel Club, simply fill out the Dog Registration Application that the breeder gave you, and submit it to the AKC along with the registration fee. If you bought the dog from someone other than the breeder, also submit a Supplemental Transfer Statement.

Dogs can only be registered with the AKC if both of their parents are registered with the organization. The breeder also needs to register the litter before selling puppies. The registration form that the breeder fills out includes information such as the dog’s sex, color and markings. This helps ensure that the puppies are purebred and their pedigrees can be documented.

If your dog did not come with a Dog Registration Application, contact the breeder to ask about it. If the dog did come with it but you lost it, you still need to contact the breeder and have him request a duplicate application for your dog.

If you contact the breeder and he cannot provide you with a Dog Registration Application, you can contact the AKC directly. Write a letter of complaint with as much information as possible about your dog and the person who bred it. The AKC uses that information to try to verify the information and may be able to work around the lack of litter registration, but it is not a guarantee.