Can you KC register a dog without papers?

People often wonder if it is possible to register a dog without papers. Continental Kennel Club offers a couple of ways for you to register your dog if this is your situation. If your dog is not purebred, the “Non-Purebred Canine Registration Application” might be the correct app for you.

Registering your dog comes with several benefits. The primary benefit of registering your dog is that it will receive a unique identification number and tag that will enable quick recovery and return to you in the event of loss.

Another benefit of registering your dog is that it makes tracking and administering vaccinations and other treatments much simpler.

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Can I Register an Unregistered Bitch’s Puppies?

Unfortunately, the majority of registries forbid the registration of a bitch’s puppies. This is due to clubs tracing each dog’s lineage backward from their parents. This will enable them to determine whether your dog is purebred and trace their entire genetic lineage. However, each club has its own set of rules.

Dogs without AKC-registered parents cannot be registered with the AKC. In this instance, the lack of evidence of a clear purebred lineage is one of the reasons on their list of reasons why a puppy cannot be registered with them. Additionally, limited registration, designed for owners rather than breeders, prohibits registering a dog with an unregistered mother.

There are alternatives that you can look into. These will only work if your dog is purebred though and evidence can be gathered of this. They recommend contacting the original breeder of the dog to see if AKC registration paperwork can be gathered. If this is not possible, the AKC has a new scheme where research can be taken to find out if a dog is purebred, even without AKC paperwork. If evidence of “pedigree, registration application and/or registration certificate from another registry” are found then the dog may be able to qualify still (this is a long and uncertain process).

For the British Kennel Club, both the dam and sire must be registered with the kennel club. The sire must be registered at the time of mating and the dam at the time of birth. Furthermore, the litter must be born in the UK as well. Unless these are fulfilled you cannot register your unregistered bitch’s puppy.

If an international sire is used and you live in the UK, you can still register their puppy; the procedure is just more challenging. A three-generation pedigree must be sent with the litter application form to the foreign kennel club where the sire is registered. Only if the sire has not yet been registered or if his ownership has changed will a fee be required. The typical processing fee is £17, and it takes about 14 days before the sire is formally registered.

After this, a puppy can be registered.

The United Kennel Club will not grant full registration unless both parents are registered. However, the UKC can give your dog a single registration. A full registration can only be obtained by having both parents registered at the time of mating, so while this is a method of UKC registration, it is not the same as a full registration.

To complete a single registration, you first have to complete this application form (PDF). Your dog must also have another completed registry certificate by either the AKC, CKC, Kennel Club (of Great Britain), the Field Dog Study Book or any FCI-affiliated registry. Step three is to send off evidence of your dog’s three-generation pedigree. This can be handwritten or photocopied. Finally, the payment of the single registration is $35.

The processing time is approximately ten days, excluding the mailing period. Additionally, the following can be used to post, email, or fax these applications:

  • Mail: UKC, 100 E Kilgore Rd, Kalamazoo MI 49002
  • Fax: 269.343.7037
  • Email: [email protected]
  • If your puppy’s mother is not a CKC member, you cannot register your puppy with the CKC. However, if the dam is registered with a CKC-recognized breed organization, you can register the dam with the CKC. Then you are able to register the puppy. This is a possibility for breeders, though it can be frustrating if you don’t own both the bitch and her puppies.

    The CKC hosts a list of breed organizations that accept purebred individuals even without CKC registered ancestry. Once a dog is registered with one of these breed clubs, you can request CKC registration. This is done by filling in a CKC canine registration application. Send this along with a photocopy of your dog’s registration document, pedigree if available.

    This will only work if both parents and the puppy are registered to the organization. An adult can be registered here with lost or undocumented ancestry and information can be sent at the address below.

    Continental Kennel Club, Inc. P. O. Box 1628 Walker, LA – 70785.

    How much does it cost to get papers on a dog?

    Registration paper late fees – add to selection above:


    Can I get my dog AKC registered without papers?

    Does The AKC Register Dogs Without Papers? You must have the papers for both parents from your breeder in order to register your dog with the AKC. The folks must be fully registered with the organization. The AKC will not register a dog even if it has limited or no registration.

    Can I register my dog with UKC without papers?

    Dogs with UKC-registered parents do not need to provide proof of registration, but they should provide the sire and dam’s names and UKC registration numbers instead. The entire three-generation pedigree of your dog (photocopies or handwritten pedigrees accepted). Single Registration fee of $35. 00.

    How do I get my dog to be a KC?

    The Activity Register at The Kennel Club allows you to register your dog. If you want your dog to be listed on the Breed Register, talk to the breeder first since they are the only ones who can do so, and both parents must be listed on the Breed Register.

    Can I get my dog AKC registered with a DNA test?

    AKC DNA testing is for purebred AKC registerable breeds only. AKC DNA profiling is only used to confirm parentage and genetic identity and does not replace the requirements for AKC registration. AKC DNA testing DOES NOT identify the dog’s breed or whether it is a purebred.