Open Registration

When a new breed is accepted in the American Kennel Club a special type of registration known as Open Registration, is available for a limited time. The American Kennel Club in conjunction with the Parent Club (also known as a national breed club) sets this time frame for the breed.

Eligibility for Open Registration

  • In order to be registered under Open Registration, a dog must be born in the United States, or one of it’s possessions or territories. Otherwise, it will have to be submitted with a Foreign Dog Registration Application.
  • The owner must be a resident of the United States, or one of it’s possessions or territories.
  • The dog must be of a breed eligible for registration in the AKC Stud Book.
  • The dog must first be registered with a domestic registry acceptable to the AKC (see below).
  • The dog must be registered with the same name that appears on the certificate from the domestic registry.
  • The dog must be registered in the same owner(s) name that appears on the certificate from the domestic registry. A co-owner can be added by a transfer after the dog is AKC registered by simply filling out the back of the certificate and sending to AKC with a transfer fee.
  • The information on the application must agree with the information on the domestic registry certificate and/or pedigree.

Acceptable Domestic Registries

Individual dogs that are previously registered with one of the following registry organizations (see Special Registry Services for more info on these registries):

  • American Border Collie Association
  • American International Border Collie Association
  • Field Dog Stud Book (All AKC registrable sporting breeds – other than Irish Setters and Irish Red & White Setters)
  • International Foxhunters' Stud Book
  • Masters of Foxhounds Association
  • National Beagle Club of America
  • National Greyhound Association
  • North American Sheep Dog Society
  • North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (All AKC registrable Sporting Breeds – other than Irish Setters and Irish Red & White Setters)
  • Society for the Perpetuation of the Desert Bred Saluki

Other Breeds Eligible for Open Registration

  • American English Coonhounds (until 7/01/16) – The AKC will accept dogs registered with the United Kennel Club and the Professional Kennel Club.
  • Anatolian Shepherds (effective 6/1/04 – ending date open) – The AKC will accept dogs registered with the Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club of America.
  • Black & Tan Coonhounds (until 5/31/2017) – The AKC will accept dogs registered with the United Kennel Club and they must be Purple Ribbon Dogs.
  • Bluetick Coonhound (until 1/01/15) – The AKC will accept dogs registered with the United Kennel Club and the Professional Kennel Club.
  • Boykin Spaniel (until 1/01/15) – The AKC will accept dogs registered with the United Kennel Club and the Boykin Spaniel Society.
  • Cane Corso (until 07/1/15) – The AKC will accept dogs registered with the International Cane Corso Federation and United Kennel Club.
  • Cesky Terrier (until 7/1/15) – The AKC will accept dogs registered with the American Cesky Terrier Fanciers Association.
  • Chinook (until 1/01/18) – The AKC will accept dogs registered with the United Kennel Club.
  • Coton de Tulear (until 7/1/19) – The AKC will accept dogs registered with the United Kennel Club.
  • Dogue de Bordeaux (until 08/17/17) – the AKC will accept dogs registered with the United States Bordeaux Corporation and the United Kennel Club.
  • Plotts (effective 10/20/09 – ending date open) – The AKC will accept dogs registered with the United Kennel Club and the Professional Kennel Club.
  • Portuguese Podengo Pequeno (until 1/01/18) – The AKC will accept dogs registered with the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno of America.
  • Rat Terrier (until 07/1/18) – The AKC will accept dogs registered with Rat Terrier Club of America and United Kennel Club.
  • Redbone Coonhound (until 1/01/15) – The AKC will accept dogs registered with the United Kennel Club and the Professional Kennel Club.
  • Russell Terrier (until 7/01/17) – The AKC will accept dogs registered with the United Kennel Club.
  • Treeing Walker Coonhounds (until 1/01/20) – The AKC will accept dogs registered with the United Kennel Club and the Professional Kennel Club.

How to apply for Open Registration

If your dog meets the requirements listed above and you wish to apply for Open Registration, please send us a completed Open Registration Application and all of the required attachments.