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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is AKC Canine Partners™, and is it the right enrollment program for my dog? +

    The AKC Canine Partners™ was developed in 2009 for mixed-breed dogs, which are known as All American Dogs in the program. But any dog without eligibility for full AKC registration, including rare breeds, may enroll as long as they meet the other criteria, including that dogs must be spayed/neutered upon adulthood and must not be a wolf hybrid. Dogs in the program are eligible to compete and earn titles in most AKC events and are also eligible for a number of other benefits (see below question).

  • What do enrollees receive with an AKC Canine Partners™ listing? +

    The AKC Canine Partners™ enrollment entitles mixed-breed owners to many benefits including:

    • Lifetime enrollment in AKC Reunite Lost & Found Recovery Service
    • AKC Reunite collar tag with AKC Canine Partners™ Number
    • One-year subscription to AKC Family Dog magazine
    • Certificate for free office visit with a veterinarian in the AKC Veterinary Network
    • 30-day trial offer from AKC Pet Health Insurance
    • Customized AKC Canine Partners™ Certificate of Recognition
    • AKC Canine Partners™ News – quarterly digital newsletter featuring stories, photos & training tips
    • Eligibility to participate in AKC Companion Events (agility, rally, obedience, tracking)
    • Eligibility to earn titles in the AKC Family Dog program, including Canine Good Citizen, Therapy Dog and Trick Dog
    • Eligibility for AKC Recognition of titles earned through the Barn Hunt Association, North America Diving Dogs, North American Flyball Association & UpDog Challenge disc.

  • How can I enroll my dog with AKC Canine Partners? +

    Owners may enroll enroll online at or download a paper application.

    If you do not have access to online services, please call 919-816-3749 or email akccaninepartners@akc.org to have an application mailed to you.

  • My dog is a purebred, but I do not have any papers on him. Should I enroll him in AKC Canine Partners? +

    If your dog is a purebred of an AKC recognized breed or AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS) breed, you should apply for the AKC Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) program.

    If your dog is a purebred of a rare breed not recognized yet by AKC or in FSS, then you can enroll in the AKC Canine Partners™ program as long as your dog meets the criteria, including the spay/neuter requirement.

    You can check your breed’s AKC registrability status. A full list of breeds, including Foundation Stock Service® (FSS®) breeds, is provided.

    If you own a purebred dog that is a breed not yet recognized by the AKC, you should consider participating in the FSS program. AKC permits FSS breeds that meet the criteria listed below to compete in all AKC Companion Events:

    • Breed must be enrolled in the AKC FSS program:
      1. Breed must have a breed standard
      2. At least one dog in the breed, which is recorded in the FSS® program, must have a three-generation pedigree
    • Individual dog must be enrolled into FSS

    Those wishing to pursue recording with FSS should contact AKC staff.

  • In what type of events may I show my All American Dog? +

    Dogs in the AKC Canine Partners™ program compete head-to-head with purebreds for the same titles and awards in these events and programs:

    AKC Companion Events:

    • Agility
    • Obedience
    • Rally
    • Tracking
    • Coursing Ability Tests
    • Fast CAT
    • Scent Work
    • Versatile Companion Dog program (recognizes dogs that title in agility, obedience & tracking)
    • Farm Dog Certified

    AKC Family Dog Program:

    • Canine Good Citizen
    • Canine Good Citizen-Advanced
    • Canine Good Citizen-Urban
    • Trick Dog
    • Therapy Dog
    • Temperament Test
    • Fit Dog

  • What is the AKC Title Recognition program and how does it work? +

    The Title Recognition program rewards AKC enrolled dogs who earn titles in other sports organizations. Dogs must still enroll with those organizations in order to compete in their events, but if they earn titles, they may apply to AKC so those titles will appear on their AKC records and title certificates.

    AKC works with these organizations:

    • North American Flyball Association
    • Barn Hunt Association
    • North America Diving Dogs
    • UpDog Challenge (disc)

    Several Search & Rescue organizations

  • How do I get started in participating in AKC events? +

    Dog owners interested in participating in AKC events can go to www.akc.org/events/trainingclub to find an AKC club that offers training classes in their area. There are many classes to choose from based on you and your dog’s experience levels.

    The AKC Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) certificate program is another great way to kick off your training regimen. This program encourages responsible pet ownership and rewards dogs with good manners.

  • How can I find AKC events accepting mixed-breed entries? +

    You may look for events accepting mixed-breed entries in the AKC Event Search website.  Select the type of event you want from either the Companion Event or Performance Event dropdowns. Select All American Dog under Breed. Click on the state or states that you want to search. You may also enter specific club names and modify the date range if you choose. When complete, hit the Retrieve Events button at the bottom to see the list of upcoming events and contact information for the event secretary, who you can contact to get the entry information, or you can download the entry information from the club website.

  • Do I need to know what breed or breeds my dog is mixed with in order to register with Canine Partners? +

    All dogs in the AKC Canine Partners™ are described as All American Dogs for competition and titling purposes. When you enroll your dog in the program, you will have the option to select up to two breeds that you believe are in your dog’s background or you can select All American Dog. If you select breeds, that information will appear on your dog’s registration certificate. But when entering events, you should enter only All American Dog as the breed.

  • Does my dog have to spayed or neutered to be enrolled in AKC Canine Partners? Are there exceptions to that rule? +

    All dogs in the program are required to be spayed or neutered upon adulthood, and no exceptions are granted. You may enroll an intact puppy in the program but the Terms & Conditions state that the puppy will be spayed/neutered at an age recommended by your veterinarian. All dogs must be altered before they can compete in an AKC event. AKC does accept some alternative forms of sterilization, as long as they are permanent and irreversible. Proof of spay/neuter is not required to be submitted upon enrollment of adult dogs, but must be available upon request of AKC. Questions may be directed to akccaninepartners@akc.org


Mixed breed participating in Flyball.