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AKC Registration

Standard Registration
Indefinite Listing Privilege Registration
Canine Excellence Award (ACE)

Standard Registration
The American Kennel Club maintains a purebred dog registry, sanctions dog events, and promotes responsible dog ownership. AKC registration means a dog, its parents, and its ancestors are purebred, but it does not indicate health or quality. Dogs with full AKC registration can have their offspring registered, and dogs with full or limited registration can compete in AKC events and use AKC's full line of education and information services. Registration Rules and Procedures can be found at

Indefinite Listing Privilege Registration (ILP number)
The AKC offers limited registration privileges for all pure bred dogs to perform in working trials, performance events and obedience, no matter if they are a rescue or a shelter pure bred. This registration is open to all pure breds. In order to establish that your dog is full bred, you must fill out a form that the AKC will send you explaining why you think the dog is a purebred. The form includes other questions regarding the acquisition of the dog and requires:

  • Written proof of spay/neuter from your vet
  • Two photographs of your dog, a profile and front view

Listing the dog with an IPL number entitles your spayed/neutered, pure bred dog to earn all titles except that of Champion, a title used for breeding purposes. An IPL listed dog can have his accomplishments listed with the AKC and appear in the AKC Awards book. Such accomplishment might include Agility, Earth Dog Trials or Canine Excellence Awards.

To obtain an ILP application you can email the AKC and your request will be acknowledged via email and the form will arrive in 7-10 business days. Write an email to: info and ask for an ILP registration form. Be sure to include your name, address and zip code in your email. It is always helpful to tell them what breed of dog you are applying for.

American Kennel Club Introduces Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) Program
NEW YORK, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- In conjunction with National Dog Week, September 19-25, the AKC is proud to introduce the Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) Program.

ACE awards will honor purebred dogs who enrich, inspire or contribute to the lives of individuals or communities.

ACE awards will be given annually, beginning in the Year 2000, to salute the contributions dogs make on a daily, ongoing or one-time basis. Honorees may be chosen from among purebred search and rescue dogs, therapy dogs, service dogs, law enforcement dogs or companion dogs/family pets. ACE award honorees will be announced in September 2000. The top four nominees will receive $1,000 cash and engraved collar medallions. The top 20 nominees will receive embroidered dog coats. Certificates of recognition will be sent to all nominees.

The AKC will conduct an ongoing search for eligible purebred dogs to nominate for the ACE awards and also will accept nominations from the public. ``As the principle registry of purebred dogs in the United States and governing body for dog shows and performance events, it is fitting for the American Kennel Club to introduce the ACE awards and recognize the outstanding contributions purebred dogs make to the lives of their owners and communities,'' said AKC President Al Cheaure.

To nominate a dog you know, please submit:

  • Photo of the dog
  • A 500-word-or-less description of how this dog has demonstrated excellence
  • Dog's name, breeds, sex and age
  • Name, address and telephone number of the dog's owner
  • Your name, address and telephone number

Photos are non-returnable and become property of the AKC. Nominees must be AKC-registrable purebred dogs. For consideration for the Year 2000 ACE awards, please submit nominations by June 30, 2000 to:
ACE Awards
AKC Public Relations
260 Madison Ave., 4th Floor
New York, NY 10016-2401

(Dogs owned by AKC staff and their families, officers and their families and Board members and their families are not eligible.)

Contributors to this article include Sandy Radziwon, Clydesdale Westies and Jane Fink, Greyfaire Kennel and the American Kennel Club

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