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Why Register your Purebred Dog with the AKC?

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…because you love your dog. The AKC – We’re more than champion dogs. We’re the dog’s champion.

Register your purebred dog with the AKC®.
It’s fast and easy.

Permanently record your name and your dog’s place in breed history. Become part of the nationwide AKC voice championing canine health research, search-and-rescue teams, acceptable care and conditions for dog kennels, and responsible dog ownership.

When you register your purebred dog with the AKC, you receive:

  • A frameable AKC Registration Certificate and your dog’s name recorded in the AKC Registry.
  • Optional registration packages that include an   AKC collar tag with 24/7 lifetime recovery services, a three-generation AKC pedigree, a one-year subscription to AKC Family Dog magazine, and a dog care and training video.
  • 30 days of pet insurance coverage with AKC Pet Insurance*, for newly registered puppies. Details about this special benefit will be sent to you shortly after registration.
  • A certificate for a complimentary first veterinary office visit. Submit your e-mail address when registering your new puppy and the AKC will e-mail you a certificate for a complimentary first veterinary office visit along with a list of participating veterinarians.
  • Eligibility to participate in diverse and exciting AKC events, including agility, obedience, tracking, field  trials, dog shows, junior showmanship, and many others!


Your registration fee makes a difference.

Over the last seven years, AKC has allocated close to $30 million to fund invaluable programs for the betterment of dogs and communities. The not-for-profit AKC is the only purebred dog registry that offers these programs and services:

Kennel Inspections
Kennel inspections ensure the integrity of the AKC registry and monitor care and conditions at kennels across the country. The AKC is the only purebred dog registry in the United States that maintains a systematic and sustained investigation and inspection effort. The AKC conducts thousands of inspections each year to ensure compliance with standards that support the health, safety, and welfare of dogs and the environments in which they live.

AKC Canine Health Foundation
Founded and supported by the AKC, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (AKC-CHF) ( works to improve the quality of life for dogs and their owners by funding research projects focusing on the genetics of disease, the canine genome map, and clinical studies.

Canine Search-and-Rescue
The AKC supports professional and volunteer canine search-and-rescue (SAR) organizations throughout the United States through its national program, DOGNYsm —  America’s Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs. To date, DOGNYsm  fundraising efforts have raised nearly $3 million for the support of canine SAR organizations throughout America.

Canine Good Citizen® program
The AKC Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) program is a certification program that rewards dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. Each year, theAKC certifies more than 30,000 dogs as official Canine Good Citizens.

Public Education
The AKC works with dog club volunteers, teachers, and librarians across the country to educate children and adults about the responsibilities of dog ownership, basic dog care and training, and safety around dogs.

Government Relations
The AKC Government Relations department monitors and provides input for federal, state and local legislation governing responsible dog ownership. Sign up for legislative alerts about dog laws that may affect you at the “Legislative Alerts” section of

DNA Profiling
The AKC has built the world’s largest database of canine DNA profiles for the purposes of parentage verification and genetic identity. AKC uses DNA certification to ensure reliable registration records vital to the preservation and advancement of purebred dogs.

AKC Museum of the Dog
The AKC Museum of the Dog, in St. Louis, MO, maintains one of the world’s largest collections of dog-related fine art and artifacts. Founded and supported by the AKC, the museum is open year-round to the public and offers many educational programs and special exhibitions.

And much more!
To learn more about how easy it is to register and  the many programs and services offered by the AKC, visit or call (919) 233-9767.

Reuniting Lost Pets with Owners
As a non-profit organization and affiliate of the American Kennel Club®, AKC Companion Animal
Recovery (AKC CAR)
provides lifetime recovery services for uniquely identified animals.  An owner’s name, address, and telephone number are linked to the pet’s unique identification number, whether it is a microchip, tattoo, or AKC CAR-issued collar tag.  AKC CAR provides recovery services 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year to reunite owners with their lost pets.  Visit or call (800) 252-7894 for enrollment information.


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The American Kennel Club, a not-for-profit organization, is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most esteemed purebred dog registry.

The AKC Mission Statement:
The American Kennel Club is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its Registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Founded in 1884, the AKC and its affiliated organizations advocate for the purebred dog as a family companion, advance canine health and well-being, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership.

For additional information, contact:

American Kennel Club
Customer Service
8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27617-3390
Ph: (919) 233-9767


*The AKC Pet Insurance Certificate is administered by PetPartners, Inc. and is underwritten by American Pet Insurance Company, 6100 4th Ave S., Seattle WA 98108, or Independence American Insurance Company. Activation is required. Not available in all states and only available to U.S. residents. Eligibility restrictions apply. Visit or call 1-866-725-2747 for more information or to review terms and conditions.