Litter registration | The Kennel Club Shop (2024)


Registering your puppies with us has many benefits, including:

  • Individual registration documents issued for each registered puppy
  • The ability to sell your Kennel Club registered puppies through ourFind a Puppyservice, which performs over 300,000 searches per month
  • Free five-week pet insurance for your puppy buyers
  • Your registration will remain on The Kennel Club's breed database as a permanent historical record of the breed
  • Opportunity to purchase an official Kennel Club pedigree, taking pride in your breeding
  • Access to an unparalleled source of information, experience and advice on dog welfare, health, breeding and dog/puppy training

Terms and conditions

  • You must own and be the registered owner of the dam at the date of birth of the puppies
  • Both the dam and sire must be registered on The Kennel Club Breed Register
  • Subject to The Kennel Club's B Regulations and the Breeding and Sale of Dogs Act
  • Dam must be over 1 year of age at date of mating
  • Dam must be under 8 years at time of birth unless special dispensation has been granted prior to the mating


  • Once litter has been approved, documents will be dispatched for each of the puppies, usually within 15 days of receipt of the application
  • Any associated products or services will be sent separately
  • Please ensure all information is accurately completed, as queries with your application may cause delay
  • Once approved, we are unable to cancel the litter (please refer to cancellation policy). Amendments may be considered but will be subject to further charges

Frequently asked questions

How long does the application take?

We aim to deliver within 28 days. However, please note that failure to fully complete the application form and/or include the correct payment will result in delaying the registration process and the application form may have to be sent back to you.

Who can register a litter?

The application must be submitted by the breeder, who is the person(s) who owned the dam at the date of birth of the puppies.

Can any pedigree puppy be registered with The Kennel Club?

Both mother (dam) and father (sire) of the litter must be registered with The Kennel Club. Ownership details of both parents must be correct at time of mating for the stud dog and date of birth for the dam.

Can I register my crossbreed litter?

This application is for the registration of a litter on The Kennel Club Breed Register. However, you can apply to register your crossbreed puppies on the Activity Register.

Do the puppies need to be microchipped?

Whilst it is a legal requirement for the breeder to microchip their puppies before they are 8 weeks old, The Kennel Club will still accept a litter application if the puppies have not yet been microchipped.

Can I make amendments once I have submitted my application?

Amendments may be considered once the litter has been registered, but will be subject to further charges.

I'm finding it difficult to identify my puppy's colour, what should I do?

Whenyou register your puppies with The Kennel Club you must specify their colour. Each puppy is likely to be either a breed standard colour or a non-breed standard colour. You can find out more about what these are and check the lists of these colours on ourBreeds A-Z.

If you can’t find your dog’s colour on either of these lists then you can find out what you should do on our‘other’ colours page.

I did not request to advertise my litter at the time of submitting my application. Is it now too late?

The Find a Puppy advert can be activated after the initial litter application is made. You can request this service and make payment over the phone.

What are endorsem*nts?

Currently The Kennel Club permits the use of two endorsem*nts on registrations: progeny not eligible for registration and export pedigree not allowed. Neither of these endorsem*nts prevents the dog from being bred from nor sent abroad, but does prevent any litters being registered with The Kennel Club and the dog from being registered by an overseas kennel club.

Key timelines of registering to when puppy leaves.

Whilst there is no time limit for registering your litter with The Kennel Club, to ensure your puppies’ paperwork is available when the puppies go to their new homes, allow at least 14 days for the registration to be approved and for delivery of the paperwork. Puppies registered after 12 months of age will be subject to the late registration fee of £60 per puppy.

Do you accept any matings?

At present the matings we do not accept are:

  • father and daughter
  • mother and son
  • brother and sister

What are the rules regarding naming of puppies?

There are several rules to follow regarding the naming of puppies:

  • A name must consist of more than one word but not exceed 24 letters (including a kennel name)
  • A name which conflicts with an approved current kennel name granted to another person will not be accepted
  • A registered name cannot be repeated within a breed
  • The surname of the applicant is not acceptable
  • A word cannot be repeated when naming puppies
  • If a kennel name is to be used when registering a litter, the kennel name must appear as the first word in the name
  • Numbers in figures and initials are not acceptable and abbreviations may be disallowed
  • Canine terms are not permissible e.g. 'dog', 'bitch', 'kennel', 'champion', 'Crufts' and specific names of breeds

We have used an overseas sire. Can we register the litter?

You will need to provide us with a certified copy of the Three Generation Pedigree issued by the overseas kennel club. This will need to confirm the pedigree details and the current registered ownership. We require this to be submitted with the litter application. There is a fee to record the sire. If the dog in question has already been recorded, we require no fee or pedigree to be sent, unless, the ownership has changed.

When will The Kennel Club not accept an application?

The Kennel Club Board will not accept an application to register a litter when:

  • The dam has already whelped four litters save in exceptional circ*mstances and only provided the application is made prior to the mating and with veterinary evidence as to the suitability of the bitch involved in the proposed whelping and permission has been received, or
  • The dam has already reached the age of 8 years at the date of whelping save in exceptional circ*mstances and only provided application is made prior to the mating, and the proposed dam has previously whelped at least one other registered litter and permission has been received. Any such application must be supported by veterinary evidence as to the suitability of the bitch involved in the proposed whelping, or
  • The dam was under one year old at the time of mating, or
  • The offspring are the result of any mating between father and daughter, mother and son or brother and sister, save in exceptional circ*mstances or for scientifically proven welfare reasons and permission has been received, or
  • The dam has already had two litters delivered by caesarean section, save for scientifically proven welfare reasons and this only provided the application is made prior to the mating

What should I do if I have used two sires?

If a bitch is served by more than one dog of the same breed as herself in the same heat, the identity of the correct sire each puppy in the litter must be established via DNA testing in order to register the resulting progeny. For further information about our DNA testing services, please visit our Parentage Verfication product.

Litter registration | The Kennel Club Shop (2024)


How to fill out AKC litter registration form? ›

The application requires basic information such as the date of birth, number of males and females born, and the registered names and numbers of the sire and dam. The application must be signed by all of the owners and co-owners of the dam and by one owner of the sire.

How long does AKC litter registration take? ›

There is a litter registration fee of $25.00 plus $2.00 per puppy. Registrations take approximately 18 working days from the date mailed to AKC to be processed and returned to the owner. After the litter application is processed, we issue the dog registration applications.

How to check AKC litter registration? ›

You can see which puppies are registered and their registered name in your Manage Dogs/ Breeder Records on your MyAKC account. On the left had menu select Breeder Records. This should pull up all of your litters. Select the tab in the lower right “Registered Puppies”.

How many litters can I register with AKC? ›

While AKC formerly focused on breeders registering 7 or more litters annually, lowering the litter threshold to include randomly selected breeders of 4 to 6 litters will allow AKC to inspect those who chose to reduce their number of AKC registered litters in order to avoid inspection.

Can I register my dog with AKC without papers? ›

In order to determine AKC registration eligibility, you will need to send AKC a copy of your dog's pedigree, registration application and/or registration certificate from another registry. You can also submit documentation provided by the breeder such as a contract or bill of sale.

Is AKC registration worth it? ›

Your registration fee makes a difference. 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.

How do I correct my AKC litter registration? ›

How do I correct my litter
  • For a change to the number of puppies or the litter date of birth f the litter was registered within the last 30 days, you can call customer service at 919-233-9767. ...
  • For a change to the dam or sire regardless of when the litter was registered, a Litter Correction Form must be submitted.

Is AKC registration lifetime? ›

Compete and earn titles like AKC's Canine Good Citizen and AKC Therapy Dog and get involved in exciting sports like Agility, Coursing and Tracking. Receive benefits that include a lifetime enrollment in AKC Reunite (lost pet recovery service) and an annual subscription to Family Dog magazine.

Can I register my dog with AKC if the litter was not registered? ›

No individual dog from a litter whelped in the United States of America of which both parents are registered with The American Kennel Club shall be eligible for registration unless the litter has first been registered by the person who owned the dam at the time of whelping, or by the lessee if the dam was leased at the ...

How does AKC registration work? ›

When you buy a dog represented as “AKC-registrable,” you will receive an AKC Dog Registration Application, properly filled out by the seller. When you complete your portion and submit it with the proper fee, the AKC will process the application and you will receive an AKC Registration Certificate.

What registries does AKC accept? ›

The AKC will accept dogs registered with the United Kennel Club and the Professional Kennel Club. The AKC will accept dogs registered with the United Kennel Club. The AKC will accept dogs registered with the United Kennel Club. If dog is born outside of USA owner must fill out foreign application.

What do numbers mean on an AKC litter certificate? ›

The first six numbers are the litter number that your dog was born in. The last two numbers in the sequence are the number your dog is in that litter. This usually is not the order they were born in, but the order the breeder registered them in.

What is a full AKC registration? ›

Full AKC Registration. Full registration gives the new owner full breeding rights of the puppy. It also allows the dog to be entered in all AKC breed competitions. Full registration is at the full discretion of the breeder.

What is the PIN code for AKC registration type? ›

This is a five-digit numeric pin and can be found in the top right or bottom half of your form above the "Markings" box. This is a three-digit PIN number located in the top right or bottom half of your form that is labeled "Registration Type" or "Registration Type PIN".

How do I get my AKC registration papers for my puppy? ›

When you buy a dog represented as “AKC-registrable,” you will receive an AKC Dog Registration Application, properly filled out by the seller. When you complete your portion and submit it with the proper fee, the AKC will process the application and you will receive an AKC Registration Certificate.


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