AKC’s Canine Good Citizen®

Canine Good Citizen® Becomes a Title!

As of January 1, 2013, Canine Good Citizen® will become an official AKC title that can appear on the title records of dogs registered or listed with AKC. Dog owners who complete the CGC as a Title process may list the suffix “CGC” after the dog’s name.

Since the program began in 1989, CGC™ has been considered an “award,” meaning that it has not been listed on a dog’s title record.

As a result of frequent, ongoing requests from dog owners and instructors for AKC to recognize CGC as a title, dog owners will have the option of having CGC added to their dog’s title record and appear as a part of the dog’s titled name.

Frequently Asked Questions About CGC as a Title


 

1. How do I get the CGC as a Title for my dog?

Evaluators will be distributing a new CGC Test/Registration Form (that you receive when your dog passes the CGC test) which includes the option to select one of these two choices:

  1. CGC as a Title. The processing fee is $20. You will receive the CGC certificate, you may use the suffix “CGC” after the dog’s name, and CGC will be added to the dog’s title record. The dog must be registered or listed with AKC (an AKC number, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners)
    –or–
  2. CGC certificate only. The processing fee is $8. CGC will not be added to the dog’s title record.

If the CGC Test/Registration Form you receive from your CGC Evaluator does not include these options, complete and attach the "Addendum to the CGC Test/Registration Form" to your CGC Test/Registration Form.

2. How soon can I apply for the CGC as a Title?

You can apply for CGC as a Title at any time. Regardless of when the application for CGC as a Title is received by the AKC, the application will not be processed until on or after Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

3. What if my dog already passed the CGC Test? Can I add the title?

Yes. There will be a grandfathering procedure for the new title. Owners of dogs who are on record as having already earned the CGC (i.e., you got a CGC certificate) after January 1, 2001 will be able to apply to have the CGC listed on the dog’s title record.

Simply download and complete the "Add Canine Good Citizen to your Dog’s Title Record (The Grandfathering Form)" form and submit the form with the $20 processing fee. Regardless of when the form is received by the AKC, The Grandfathering Application will not be processed until on or after Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

4. I was going to have my dog take the test before January 1, 2013. Should I wait?

Having your dog tested between now and January 1, 2013 will not affect your dog’s eligibility to have CGC added to your dog’s title record.

The decision to be made is:

  1. “Do I submit my CGC Test/Registration Form now with the CGC as a Title option ($20: Certificate and CGC will be added to the dog's title record), understanding that my CGC Test/Registration form will not be processed until January 2013?”
    –or–
  2. “Do I Submit my CGC Test/Registration form now without the CGC as a Title option ($8: Certificate only), have my CGC Test/Registration form processed, and then submit the Grandfathering Application ($20: New Certificate and CGC will be added to the dog's title record) at a later date”?

If we receive a CGC Test/Registration Form in 2012 and the customer has elected for the CGC as a Title option (through the new form or the prior form and the Addendum) and included the proper processing fee, we will delay the processing of the registration and title until on or after Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

Test/Registration forms processed without the CGC as a Title option will need to use the Grandfathering Application to have CGC added to their dog’s title record.

5. How can I find CGC Training or a CGC Evaluator in my community?

To find a CGC instructor or an approved AKC CGC Evaluator in your community, see: http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/training_testing.cfm?page=3

6. How can I get an AKC number (AKC number, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners)?

To compete or earn AKC titles, your dog must have an AKC number. This number can be one of three types:

  1. an AKC registration number (your purebred dog has “papers.” You would have received these from the breeder), or,
  2. a PAL Number (Purebred Alternative Listing) for purebred dogs of AKC breeds with no papers (such as rescue or shelter dogs), or,
  3. an AKC Canine Partners SM number for mixed breed dogs, or dogs otherwise ineligible for AKC registration such as purebreds from other countries that are not AKC recognized breeds. All dogs can enroll in the AKC Canine Partners program.

    For PAL (which used to be called ILP), see: http://www.akc.org/reg/ilpex.cfm
    For AKC Canine Partners, see: http://www.akc.org/canine_partners/