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How do you register a litter with AKC?

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To register a litter with the American Kennel Club, visit its website at AKC.org and complete a litter registration application, then submit it with the required fee. You can complete the entire process online, or download the form and mail it to the organization.

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The litter must meet certain qualifications in order to be registered with the AKC. Both of the parents must have a full AKC registration and be the same breed, because only purebred litters are registered. If one or both of the parents has a limited registration that forbids breeding, the litter cannot be registered even if the puppies are pure. The litter must also be born in the United States or one of its territories.

The application form must also be filled out in detail. The number of puppies, their markings, sex and date of birth must be detailed on the form. The actual breeding must also be recorded with dates. The AKC requires that people witness the actual breeding, so the name of the handler or witness must also be recorded.

The AKC requires litters to be registered within six months of the puppies' date of birth. If you realize you made an error on the form after it is submitted, you must contact the AKC and fill out a correction form. Litters that are produced by artificial insemination may require additional documentation.

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