Full AKC Registration vs. Limited (Pet) Registration

What is the The American Kennel Club (AKC)?

The American Kennel Club (AKC) is a registry of purebred dog pedigrees. For a purebred dog to be registered with the AKC, the dog's parents must be registered with the AKC. In addition to maintaining its pedigree registry, this kennel club also promotes and sanctions events for purebred dogs, including the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the National Dog Show and the Eukanuba National Championship 


A common question North Ga Bulldog puppy buyers have is, "what is the difference between a Limited (Pet) AKC registration and a Full AKC registration?"


Pet / Limited   A Limited registration, also considered a "Pet registration" defines the dog as registered with the AKC but any litters produced by that dog are not eligible for registration.  A Limited registration also excludes the dog from being shown or participating in AKC shows or events.


Full Registration  An AKC Full registration is a registration certificate for owners who breed dogs and/or for dogs that will actively participating in dog shows.


The need for a Full registration, if you want to breed or show your North Ga Bulldog, is explained by the AKC:  No individual dog from a litter, 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.   Every dog participating in an AKC Dog Show must have a Full registration to enter.

image166

AKC Resource: Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline

This publication (link below) describes the AKC registration process and rules.  It also applies to Foundation Stock Service. Amended to June 1, 2018 Published by The American Kennel Club 

Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline