New DNA Requirement for Imported
Dogs Intended for Breeding
Any imported dog or bitch registered with the AKC
on or after March 1, 2006, will be required to have
an AKC DNA profile prior to registering their first
litter whelped in the United States.
imported dog or bitch registered with AKC
on or after March 1, 2006, will be required
to have an AKC DNA profile prior to registering
their first litter whelped in the U.S.
The policy will require any imported dogs or bitches
that sire or produce an AKC-registered or FSS-enrolled
litter to have an AKC DNA profile on file before
their litter applications will be accepted into
the AKC registry. However, there is a limited phase-in
period, which began March 1 and will run until June
1, 2006. During this phase-in period AKC will register
affected litters without delay and notify owners
of the new requirement.
#8220;AKC#8217;s DNA consultant Elaine Ostrander
and I met with the AKC Board in December 2004 to
begin reviewing our DNA program,#8221; said AKC
Assistant Vice President of Compliance Tom Sharp.
#8220;This new DNA requirement for all imported
sires and dams was a new initiative the AKC Board
approved this year. As a result, AKC will be able
to verify all progeny from imported animals moving
This requirement does not affect any foreign dogs
registered with the AKC before March 1, 2006.
To make their imported breeding stock eligible to
sire or produce AKC-registrable puppies, breeders
will need to:
- Obtain a DNA test kit, available at the
AKC Store at: www.akc.org/store and collect cheek
swab samples from their dog or bitch.
- Send the DNA cheek swab sample along with
the required paperwork and fee to the AKC in the
envelope provided in the DNA test kit.
To eliminate delays in processing litter applications,
the completed DNA test kits should be submitted
in advance of the litter application.