After a litter is born (whelped), the breeder sends a Litter Registration Application to the AKC. This application contains the signatures of the owners of both sire and dam and declares the number & sex of puppies in the litter. Litters must be registered within six months from date of birth.
Once registered, the AKC issues litter number and the breeder receives individual registration applications for each puppy. Each registration provides a unique number, date of birth, and details regarding the sire and dam – AKC registration numbers, registered names, of the sire and and OFA/CERF numbers. The form also includes the name and address of the breeder. A puppy cannot be AKC registered without this application.
The breeder or new owner submits the individual registration application to the AKC with the registration fee. If a pedigree has not been provided by the breeder/seller, one can be obtained at this time from the AKC for a fee. The puppy is now AKC registered and carries its own AKC#. Dogs must be registered within one year of the date of issue of the AKC Dog Registration Application.