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.
- Obtain a DNA test kit.
- Log in to the DNA Online Portal (dna.akc.org) and complete the required information to activate your Barcoded DNA test or for current non-barcoded AKC DNA test 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 to be mailed directly to the lab in Lincoln NE; however, the non barcoded kits are still to be mailed directly to AKC DNA Operations in Raleigh NC. To eliminate delays in processing litter applications, the completed test kits should be submitted in advance of the litter application. The Registration requirement is not met until lab confirms receipt of sample or the sample is received at the Raleigh NC office an entered into the AKC DNA database.
What is the cost of AKC DNA Profiling?
The new Barcoded DNA Test Kits are $50. The current non-barcoded AKC DNA test kits (both prepaid and regular $50 kits) will be phased out in July 2021. 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 a DNA Test Kit?
DNA Test Kits may be ordered through the AKC Online Store, or by contacting the AKC:
mail: AKC DNA Test Kit
American Kennel Club
PO Box 900065
Raleigh, NC 27675-9065
Please include your name, address, and the number of dogs you wish to test. Include $50 per dog for Prepaid Barcoded DNA Test Kits. Prepaid DNA test kits are nonrefundable.