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Frequently Used Sires Requirements

Frequently Used Sires Requirements

Sires must have an AKC Original DNA Profile when they have produced:

  • 7 or more litters in a lifetime OR
  • more than 3 litters in a year 
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The Board of Directors redefined The American Kennel Club’s leadership role in the world of purebred dogs by being the first all breed registry to require DNA profiles for stud dogs routinely siring litters. Effective for litters whelped on or after July 1, 2000, every sire producing seven or more litters in a lifetime or producing more than three litters in a calendar year must be ‘AKC DNA Profiled.’ These DNA profiles will be used for genetic identity and for parentage verification, and, thus, will be used to advance issues relating to the integrity of the registry.

Dogs with DNA profiles from the voluntary DNA Profile Program or from the Parent Breed Club DNA Program have already met this requirement. Dogs sampled during kennel inspections for the Compliance Audit Program are not DNA Profiled — DNA Profiles are not issued, and DNA Profile Numbers are not added to the registration record. Therefore, the dogs do not meet the requirement for Frequently Used Sires until a DNA sample is submitted via the DNA Profile Program.

What breeders/owners need to do if they own a sire that is subject to the requirement

Breeders/owners fulfill the requirement once the sample is received and logged in by the lab in Lincoln NE (the new Barcoded DNA test Kit) or received at DNA Operations in Raleigh and is logged into the Database, even though an additional four to six weeks are required to obtain the actual DNA profile. All DNA testing must be performed through AKC’s DNA program. The parentage verification policies of all current DNA programs will be applied to the Frequently Used Sires Program, as will the discipline policies of the Compliance Audit Program.

  • Order an AKC DNA Kit.
  • Log in to the DNA Online Portal ( and activate your kit.
  • For non-barcoded AKC DNA kits (both prepaid and regular $50 kits– which are being phased out in July 2021) complete the sample submission form, swab envelope and send with payment (if necessary). The DNA barcoded kits are mailed directly to the lab in Lincoln, NE. Non-barcoded kits are mailed directly to AKC DNA Operations in Raleigh, NC. To eliminate delays in processing litter applications, completed kits should be submitted in advance of the litter application. The Registration requirement is not met until the lab confirms receipt of sample or the sample is received at the Raleigh, NC office and entered into the AKC DNA database.

What is the cost of AKC DNA Profiling?

The new Barcoded AKC DNA Kits are $50.

Any AKC DNA kits purchased prior to the barcoded kit update will still be accepted for processing. The original procedure for the non barcoded kits of mailing the sample, payment and completed forms directly to AKC DNA Operations in Raleigh, NC will still be required for processing these old-style, non-barcoded kits.

How do I order an AKC DNA Kit?

AKC DNA Kits may be ordered through the AKC Online Store, or by contacting the AKC:

mail: AKC DNA Kit

American Kennel Club

PO Box 900065

Raleigh, NC 27675-9065


fax: 919.816.4255

phone: 919.233.9767

Please include your name, address, and the number of dogs you wish to test. Include $50 per dog for Prepaid Barcoded AKC DNA Kits. Prepaid DNA test kits are nonrefundable.