Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Litter Registration

 Requirements and how to apply
 About DNA testing
 Artificial insemination
 Sire/dam age requirements
 Register a litter online
 Litters over six months from birth
 Leasing a bitch
 Breeding imported dogs
 Unregistered parent(s)
 Fee schedule
 Frequently used sires

Individual dog applications
 How to obtain
 Replacing when lost
 Methods of requesting




  • How old must the sire or dam be in order for a litter to be eligible for registration?

    Chapter 3, Section 5 of the Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline reads as follows:
    "No dog or litter out of a dam under eight (8) months or over twelve (12) years of age at the time of mating, or by a sire under seven (7) months or over twelve (12) years of age at the time of mating, will be registered unless the application for registration shall be accompanied by an affidavit or evidence which shall prove the fact to the satisfaction of The American Kennel Club."
    If you have had a litter registration application form rejected because the age of the sire and/or dam was not in compliance with Chapter 3, Section 5, and you request the AKC to reconsider the matter, you should submit as much information and material as possible.

    The AKC would want to know if the breeding that took place was a "planned" breeding. We would also want to know if there were any witnesses to the breeding who are in a position to identify the sire and dam and, if so, statements from those witnesses should be submitted. You should tell us how the bitch was confined during the entire heat period and whether or not there was any possibility of the dam being exposed to any other male during the season in question.

    In the case of an overage sire, we would ask whether a veterinarian did a recent sperm count and, if so, that we receive a copy of the veterinarian's findings.

    If you own an overage male and you intend to use the dog at stud, we recommend that you have a sperm count done by your veterinarian. If the veterinarian finds that the male is capable of siring a litter you should make several photocopies of his findings, which can then be submitted in the future with applications for litters sired by the dog. We would also recommend that you have a sperm count done every six (6) months thereafter.

    After review, the AKC will either accept or reject the application. If accepted, the individual dog registration applications will be mailed to the litter owner.


  • Can a litter be registered if the date of birth was over six months ago?

    If the date of birth is over six months but less than one year, we do allow the applicant to provide the reason for the delay in submitting the litter application. The following information must be sent in with the litter application:

    • A complete written explanation as to why the submission of the litter application was delayed.

    • The full breeding records for the dam and for the sire if the sire is owned by the same person that owns the dam.

    • The complete litter distribution record.

    • A penalty fee ($90 plus $2 per puppy). $25 plus $2 per puppy is the registration cost of the litter and $65 is the penalty fee.


    All of these materials must be submitted for our review and consideration. We do not guarantee that the application will be approved even if these materials are submitted. If the application is not accepted, you will be issued a refund for the per puppy fee and the late fee. The $25.00 application fee will not be refunded, as it is a processing fee.


  • What if one (or both) of the parents of my litter is not AKC registered?

    Chapter 3, Section 4 of the AKC Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline states:
    "No individual dog from a litter whelped in the United States of America of which both parents are registered with The American Kennel Club shall be eligible for registration unless the litter has first been registered by the person who owned the dam at the time of whelping, or by the lessee if the dam was leased at the time of whelping, and, further, that an application to register such litter is filed with The American Kennel Club no later than six (6) months from the date of whelping of the litter."
    A litter is eligible for registration:

    • If it is the result of a mating between an AKC registered Sire (male) and an AKC registered Dam (female) of the same breed.

    • If it is whelped (born) in the U.S.A, its possession or territories (Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Marianna Islands).


    Thus, the parents of any dog must be registered and the litter must be registered prior to any individual dog being eligible for registration.

    If you are interested in participating in AKC events, you may want to consider enrolling your dog in our Purebred Alternative Listing/Indefinite Listing Privilege Program (PAL/ILP).


  • I lost one dog registration application from my litter of seven puppies. How do I obtain another application?

    If you lost one of your dog's registration applications, you, the litter owner, will need to write to us requesting a duplicate. Please include the following information:

    • A brief statement that you are requesting a duplicate registration
    • Litter number, breed and date of birth
    • Litter owner's name, address and signature
    • Sex of dog you are requesting the duplicate for
    • $15.00 processing fee (you can either pay by check or money order made payable to the AKC or by charge card. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted)


    If you do not have the litter number please provide us with the following in its place:

    • Names and registration numbers of the Sire and Dam, and breed
    • Date of birth of the litter


    When the required information is received your request will be processed and a new dog registration application will be mailed to you.

    Please remember a duplicate registration application can only be requested by the litter owner on AKC record.

    • You can mail your request to:

      American Kennel Club
      8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100
      Raleigh, NC 27617-3390


    For more information you can contact our Customer Service Department at (919) 233-9767. You can also e-mail us at info@akc.org.


  • Can I request a duplicate dog registration application through e-mail?

    No, you must mail us the request.