My Dogs and Litters

My Dogs and Litters

QuickStart Guide

Overview of Online Record Keeping

Once you have created an account and registered with the AKC, you can login and manage your dogs and breeding records. Type www.akc.org in your browser’s Address text box, enter your username and password in the right My AKC pane, as shown in Figure 1, and then click the Login button. Once you have logged into your account you can begin adding dogs and/or entering your breeder records.


Figure 1. The Login Screen with Entered Information

Understanding Online Record Keeping Basics

This QuickStart guide is designed to help you setup records, including adding dogs and breeding records, entering mating and birth information, and viewing litter and puppy information. The graphic below is designed to give you an idea of the sequence of steps necessary to perform basic functionality.

Please take a minute to familiarize yourself with Figure 2. The QuickStart guide is a brief overview of the most important functions; therefore, a separate Online Record Keeping User Guide has been created to teach you how to perform additional functionality.


Figure 2. The Flowchart of Basic Features

Understanding and Using Shortcuts

There is a hyperlink to Shortcuts in your My AKC account under the My Dogs and Litters section. The Online Record Keeping Shortcuts are designed to help you quickly and easily perform common My AKC functions including: adding/updating mating and birth records, entering puppy information for your litter; and going to the online registration section for a dog and/or litter. Using Shortcuts may help familiarize you with the system.

The remainder of this Quickstart Guide focuses on the steps you can take to use the primary Online Record Keeping features without using Shortcuts.

Understanding Your Manage Dogs List

Using the Manage Dogs page, you can maintain a list of AKC registered dogs. The list may contain dogs previously or currently owned, dogs of interest that you do not own, or details about the dogs in your list. The amount of information you can view about the dog depends on if you own the dog or it is a dog of interest. The Manage Dogs page allows you to add a dog, view dog information, and make a dog active or inactive. If a dog is not active or is not located on your manage dogs list, the dog will not be visible on a new breeder record.

Understanding Breeder Records

Using the Breeder Records page, you can maintain your breeding and litter records. A list of mated dam and sire parings are placed on your breeder records list. Dogs only display on your breeder records list after you have created a new breeder record and/or if you already have an AKC litter record for a dam you own. The dam owner can enter mating and birth information on the breeder record. If you only own the sire for which you are creating a breeder record, the only information that you can view and enter is the mating information.

QuickStart Steps


Figure 3. The AKC Navigation Pane

Step 1: Add Dog(s)

  1. Click the Manage Dogs hyperlink under My Dogs in the left hand pane of the window, which displays the My Dogs and Litters – Manage Dogs page, as shown in Figure 3.
  2. Click the Add a Dog hyperlink under the Display list box.
  3. Select either the Add Dog By Registration Number option OR the Add a Dog to the List by Name and Breed option.
  4. Enter or select the requested information depending on the option, click the Next button until you have entered all the requested information, and then click the Add Dog button.
    NOTE: If this is a dog you own, other dogs you own that are not currently on your Manage Dogs list may be added.

Once you have added a dog to your account, you can click on the dog’s name or click the checkbox next to the dog to view the details about the dog. If you click the Ownership tab, you can enter all the previous and current owner information by clicking the Edit Information Below hyperlink. When you save this information, the entered data appears on the printed Dog Record and can be viewed on the Ownership tab.

Step 2: View Breeder Records

  1. There are two ways to access breeder records, you can perform steps 1, 2, 3 in this section OR start with step 4 in this section, depending on how you wish to access the records.
  2. WARNING: If this is the first time you are using the system, please make sure you read the tips, because additional steps are required. Tips are visible if you hover your mouse pointer over words that have a broken underline beneath the text.
  3. Click the Actions down-arrow on the My Dogs and Litters - Manage Dogs page.
  4. Click View Breeder Records in the Actions list box, as shown in Figure 4.
  5. Click the Go button, which displays the My Dogs and Litters – Breeder Records page
    TIP: If this is the first time using the system before going to the Breeder Records page, you need to click the checkbox next to the sentence: I understand and accept the terms and conditions outlined above.
    OR
  6. Click the Breeder Records hyperlink in the left pane of the My AKC window.
    TIP:  If this is the first time using the system before going to the Breeder Records page, you need to click the checkbox next to the sentence: I understand and accept the terms and conditions outlined above. Once you have performed this action on the current account, the Breeder Records hyperlink will always appear under My Dogs and Litters, as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 4 . The Manage Dogs Action that Navigates to Breeder Records

Step 3: Add a Breeder Record

  1. Click the Actions down-arrow on the Breeder Records page, and then select Add Breeder Record.
  2. Enter information on the appropriate tab.  See the Enter Mating Record Information or Enter Birth Record Information sections.

Step 4: Enter Mating Record Information


Figure 5. The Entered Mating Information

To create a breeder record you must enter and then save the required (*) information. If you only own the sire, the mating data is the only tab on which you can enter information. Once you save the mating information you will create an M type record.

  1. Click the Mating Record tab.
  2. Click the Dam Name down-arrow and then select a dam on the list. NOTE: If you do not see a Dam you own on the list, it may not be active on your manage dogs list. Click the Add a Dog hyperlink to go to the Manage Dogs page and make the dog active or add it to the list.
  3. Click the Sire Name down-arrow and then select a sire on the list.
    NOTE: If you do not see a Sire you own on the list, it may not be active or on your manage dogs list. Click the Add a Dog hyperlink to go to the Manage Dogs page and make the dog active or add it to the list.
  4. Click in the Date of Mating field and type a date in the dd/mm/yyyy format OR click the calendar icon and select the date on the calendar, as shown in Figure 5.
    NOTE: If an AKC registered litter exists, the mating date is populated from AKC data.
  5. Click the Mating Method down-arrow and then select a method.
  6. Continue entering additional information if you wish to create a detailed mating record in your breeder record.
  7. Click the Save Record button to save the information on the Mating Record tab and create an M record.

Step 5: Enter Birth Record Information

Once you have saved and entered all the required information, you can save the birth record for your pair. If you only own the sire, the mating data is the only tab on which you can enter information; however, if you own the dam you can enter birth information or mating and birth information, which creates either a B record or an M-B record. If the birth date field is not editable, the date has been filled in from the matching AKC litter record.

NOTE: If you have a registered AKC litter and you enter mating and birth information you create an M-B-L record.


Figure 6. The Birth Record with the Entered Information

  1. Click the Birth Record tab.
  2. Click the Dam Name down-arrow and then select a dam on the list.
    NOTE: f you do not see a Dam you own on the list, it may not be active on your manage dogs list. Click the Add a Dog hyperlink to go to the Manage Dogs page and make the dog active or add it to the list.
  3. Click the Sire Name down-arrow and then select a sire on the list.
    NOTE: If you do not see a Sire you own on the list, it may not be active on your manage dogs list. Click the Add a Dog hyperlink to go to the Manage Dogs page and make the dog active or add it to the list.
  4. Click in the Date of Birth field and type a date in the dd/mm/yyyy format OR click the calendar icon and select the date on the calendar.
  5. Click in either the Male Puppies and/or Females Puppies text boxes and then enter a number, as shown in Figure 6.
    NOTE: At least one puppy in either text box must be entered to save a record.
  6. Click the Save Record button to save the information on the Birth Record tab.

Step 6: View Litter Information and Puppy Records

If you have an L record in your breeder records list, you can view the information for that litter. If you have a MB, B, or an L record, you can also view the puppies associated with the record.

To view the litter record and the puppy grid:
  1. Click a pair in the list that has a Type L, which displays the information for that litter, as shown in Figure 7.
  2. Click the Manage Puppies hyperlink on the AKC Litter Record tab to view the puppy records, as shown in Figure 8
    NOTE: If you do not have an L record, click on an MB or B record, click on the Birth Record tab, and then click on the Mange Puppies hyperlink.

Figure 7. The AKC Litter Information


Figure 8. The Current Puppy Records

This completes the QuickStart Guide. If you have any further questions, please read the Manage Dogs and/or Breeder Records user guides, which detail additional features such as the shortcuts, updating mating and birth records, adding, removing, and transferring a puppy, and much more.