How Do You Register Your Purebred Dog With the American Kennel Club?


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To register a purebred dog with the American Kennel Club, complete and submit an individual dog registration application to the AKC with the proper fee. It is also possible to register the dog online through the AKC website. Upon purchasing a dog eligible for AKC registration, you should receive an individual dog registration application from the seller. Online registration requires an email address and the dog’s AKC registration number.

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A purebred dog is only eligible to register with the AKC if its litter is registered. Both the litter owner and new owner of a dog must fill out parts of the dog registration application. The litter owner must provide information such as the dog’s sex, color and markings, registration type, transfer date, and name and address of all new owners or co-owners. The new owners must fill out the name of the dog, payment information and registration options. All parties must sign the application.

It takes about three weeks to process a dog’s AKC registration certificate, which arrives by mail. A perk of the AKC registration program is eligibility for the AKC pet insurance certificate program. Any new owner who acquires a dog from anyone beside the litter owner must fill out a supplemental transfer statement in addition to the application.

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