Registering a 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.
- It is whelped (born) in the U.S.A, its possession or territories (Puerto
Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Marianna Islands).
To register a litter, the litter owner should complete an an AKC Litter
Registration Application . The application requires basic information
such as the date of birth, number of males and females born, and the
registered names and numbers of the sire and dam. The application must
be signed by all of the owners and co-owners of the dam and by one
owner of the sire. Failure to complete the application properly will
result in processing delays.
Processing fees are nonrefundable, and all fees are subject to change
When completed, the application should be submitted to the AKC with the
proper fee. Applications must be mailed. You can also register
your litter online. The AKC will mail the litter owner a "litter
kit." The litter kit will include an individual registration application
for each puppy in the litter, as well as a form for record-keeping. The
litter owner should examine the kit thoroughly for errors before issuing
the papers to puppy buyers.
Each person or firm who owns, breeds, or sells dogs that are AKC-registrable
must keep accurate, up-to-date records of all transactions involving
these dogs. There must be no doubt as to the identity of any individual
dog or as to the parentage of a particular dog or litter.
The AKC recommends common-sense practices for those who regularly have
multiple dogs or litters on their premises, including:
The AKC requires that the owner of an AKC-registered dog maintain the
following information on the dog:
- Permanent identification of each dog, with tattoos, microchips, marking,
- Isolation of bitches in season.
- Segregation of litters whelped near the same date.
The Owner of a dog which is bred must record:
- Registered name and number (or litter number if not registered)
- Sex, color and markings
- Date of birth
- Names and numbers of sire and dam
- Name of breeder
- Name and address of person from whom directly acquired
- Date of acquisition
- Date and duration of lease, if any
The owner of a litter must record:
- Date and place of mating
- Names of persons handling mating
- Registered name and number of dog to which mated
- Name and address of its owner
- Date of whelping
- Number of puppies whelped by sex and by color and markings
- Litter registration number
- Date of sale, gift or death of each puppy so described
- Name and address of person acquiring each puppy so described
- Kinds of papers and date supplied
- Registered name and number of each puppy registered by breeder
Failure to uphold proper record-keeping procedures could lead to penalties,
including the suspension of AKC privileges. See the AKC's Procedures for
for complete information.