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If your dog is a world traveler, his journeys just became easier.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has launched the new AKC Certified Export Pedigree that merges into one document all the information required to obtain registration with foreign kennel clubs.

The new document makes it safer and less confusing to register dogs abroad. This is especially helpful for breeders who sell puppies overseas and those who show dogs in other countries.

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“I am excited to announce the AKC Certified Export Pedigree is live,” says Linda Duncklee, Director of AKC Registration. “We will soon be sending information to all the foreign registries to let them know.”

AKC has reciprocal agreements with more than 200 foreign kennel clubs. To register an American-born, AKC-recognized breed with one of these registries, the dog first must be registered with the American Kennel Club and the owner must provide proof of this to the foreign organization.

Benefits to Owners

Before the AKC Certified Export Pedigree, owners had to send the foreign kennel club their certificate of ownership and a three-generation pedigree.

“Now you only need one document, and this may only be purchased by someone who currently owns the dog,” says Mark Dunn, AKC Executive Vice President. “This is a more secure process, as anyone can buy a regular pedigree for any dog.”

It also eliminates the need for dog owners to make photocopies of registration certificates. “To discourage fraud, owners should protect and secure their registration certificates, and avoid sending copies to anyone that is not a current owner,” said Dunn.

The Export Pedigree merges the information found on the AKC 3-Generation Certified Pedigree and the AKC Registration Certificate, including the name(s) of the current owner(s) and the address of the primary dog owner. It includes the date of the last transfer of the dog’s ownership. But the crucial registration certificate issue date is not included to protect AKC breeders, owners, and the AKC Stud Book.

Benefits to Foreign Kennel Clubs

The change also benefits foreign kennel clubs, which have expressed that dealing with multiple AKC documents can be confusing.

AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo, who oversees AKC’s relationships with foreign kennel clubs, said, “Most foreign registries produce export pedigrees so AKC is now more in line with what other parts of the world are doing and simplifying the process helps prevent confusion, delays, and errors.”

AKC is requesting that foreign kennel clubs solely require AKC Certified Export Pedigrees for all U.S.-born dogs seeking registration as of May 31, 2019. Until that date, both the AKC Certified Pedigree and AKC Certificate should be honored.

Purchasing the New Certified Export Pedigree

The new AKC Certified Export Pedigree can be purchased for $69 on the AKC website, or by contacting AKC Customer Service at 919-233-9767. We are available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST to assist you.

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