Since 1884, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has been dedicated to advancing the sport of purebred dogs. Together with its affiliated organizations, the AKC has advocated for the rights of all dogs and dog owners: promoting the purebred dog as a family companion, championing advancements in canine health and well-being, and endorsing responsible dog ownership.

Being on the forefront of developments in the areas of canine research, breeding, exhibiting and maintenance of purebred dogs is the main objective of this highly esteemed organization. Its passion for dogs and dedication to maintaining the integrity of its Registry is the heart of the AKC.

The Importance of Puppy Registration

Bringing a new purebred puppy home from the breeder is an exciting time. Your puppy is a new member of your family and will be treasured throughout his life. When you register your puppy, he becomes an official member of the AKC Registry and part of an organization that is committed to ensuring his best quality of life.

Benefits of Puppy Registration

AKC registration allows your dog the opportunity to be eligible for a variety of competitive events. Owners can also take advantage of the 60-day trial of AKC Pet Insurance.

When you register your purebred dog, you will receive:

  • An AKC Registration Certificate ready to be framed and your dog’s name recorded in the AKC Registry
  • A certificate for a complimentary first office visit at participating veterinary clinics
  • Eligibility to participate in exciting AKC-sponsored events
  • A New Puppy Handbook and additional opt-in benefit offers

How Your Puppy Registration Fees Are Invested

Over the last seven years, AKC has allocated almost $30 million to fund invaluable programs on behalf of dogs and communities. AKC is a not-for-profit and the only purebred dog registry to provide these vital 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 approximately 5,000 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, the AKC 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. On the AKC Government Relations website you can sign up for legislative alerts about dog laws that may affect you and your pet.

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, Missouri, 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.

Purebred Alternative Listing/Indefinite Listing Privilege Program

Purebred rescue groups have grown to include almost every possible breed, and more shelters are accepting a growing number of purebred dogs that have been surrendered for a variety of reasons. These dogs may not be eligible for registration, but they can be enrolled in this program and allowed to participate in AKC Companion and Performance Events.

The AKC PAL/ILP program gives purebred dogs and their owners a second chance to compete and showcase abilities that might never have been discovered otherwise.

Explore the Resources below for more information on the benefits of registering your dog with The American Kennel Club:

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