The dog must have an official name in order to register with the AKC.If you want to show the dog, this name will be used.The name you choose must be approved by the organization in order for the dog to be unique.When selecting a dog’s registered name, there are certain guidelines to follow.If you understand how to choose a name, you will be more likely to have your name accepted.
Step 1: Choose a name with no more than 36 characters.
The maximum number of characters that can be used for a basic registration is 36.Up to 50 characters can be used for an additional fee.
Step 2: Refrain from using AKC titles.
You need to avoid using show terms in the name of your dog.”Champ” and “champion” will not be included.
Step 3: Don’t use offensive words.
Pick a name that doesn’t have swear words, obscene phrases or offensive terminology.The AKC will reject names like this.
Step 4: Don’t use names of breeds.
The name of specific dog breeds are not allowed.Competition judges don’t like to use names with terms like “beagle” or “collie.”
Step 5: Don’t use terms that describe genders.
The gender terms girl, boy, bitch, or stud should not be used when selecting a name.When your dog competes, using specific gender terms can make it difficult for judges.
Step 6: The appropriatekennel name is used.
If your dog comes from a long established family, they may already have a “kennel name” to use as their first name.For example, a combination of family names, names of other beloved pets, or places they’ve been is called a kennel name.If your dog has already been dubbed with a kennel name, talk to your breeder.The dogs in this family will all have the same first name.You should choose a second name for each dog.
Step 7: You can choose a name based on the date.
One way to choose an interesting name is to think about the day your dog was born.If your dog was born on Lincoln’s birthday, you could name him “Lincoln”, “Big Beard” or “Emancipator”.
Step 8: Pick a name that is inspired by the location.
One way to think about a location is to pick a unique name.The name of the first street you lived on could be used.Alternatively, you could name the dog after a favorite city.There are Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate, or Street Performers.
Step 9: Combine other names to choose a name.
Combining the names of beloved pets may be enough to come up with an interesting name for your dog.If you had a sweet dog named Fido, you could name him Fisha or Sado.
Step 10: You can add a last name.
Your dog will need a last name.Most owners use their own last names.If you share this dog with your partner, you need to decide if you will give the dog a name or not.
Step 11: You can register.
You can submit your application online.On this website, you will be able to check to see if your name is in line with the requirements, as well as that your chosen name has not been taken.Up to 37 dogs of each breed can have the same or similar name.
Step 12: Register by mail.
If you don’t want to register on the internet, you can still submit a paper application in the mail.You can pick up an application at a local chapter of the American Kennel Club.
Step 13: You have to pay the fees.
You will need to pay the fees if you submit your application online or through the mail.There are different fees for different services.Dog registration only costs $30 and includes Lost and Found, registration, and Pedigree.
Step 14: There is a certificate of registration from the American Kennel Club.
You will receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club showing the registration of your dog with his name on it.Even if you misplace the paper certificate, you need to keep the registration number for your pup.
Step 15: Decide what to call the dog.
It will be hard to refer to your dog in normal life with your 36 character name.The name you call him should be a simpler version of your name.
Step 16: Make sure your dog was born in the United States.
If the dog was born in the United States, the name may be changed.If you don’t know, find out where the dog was born.
Step 17: The written consent of a breeder is needed.
The litter owner’s written consent is required in cases where the dog was first registered.If you want to change your name, you need a letter from your litter owner.
Step 18: Make sure your dog has not sired a litter.
The name of an AKC registered dog can only be changed if he or she has already sired a litter of puppies.
Step 19: Make sure your dog doesn’t have an award.
There is a restriction on changing the name of a registered dog.You can only change the name of your dog if he or she has never received an award.
Step 20: Comply with all other requirements.
Any name change must comply with the requirements.Your new name must be 36 characters or less, avoid profanity and breed names, and stay away from terms like champion and champ.