April 20, 2014

How long does it take to get AKC dog papers?

Question by Panda: How long does it take to get AKC papers for your dog?
I got my dog from a breeder, and ive had her for about 3 weeks already, the lady said that she already sent in for the AKC papers (sorry i dont exactly know whats involved in getting those papers) and would mail them to us when she received them, but she still claims to not have them…is she pulling my leg? or does it really take that long?

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Answer by Yo LO!
It usually takes about a month.

Once you get them from the breeder, you’ll have to send them back to AKC to get yourself registered as the owner, which will take another month or so…

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  1. greg brown says:

    Well i got a puppy and I still not have her paper yet and the guy I got her from he is tell me it will take up to a year for them…… and I just got done calling him he is tell me it will 4 more mouths to get them up to a year. I had her now 9mouths now still now paper what can I do to get them now????? Plz can sum one help me out sum

  2. I breed St Bernard's and know several other breeds of the same breed. Do to mortality rates many breeders do not send in the paperwork until the pups are about 3 or 4 weeks old and it sometimes takes 6-8 weeks for the paperwork to come back. I am not saying you were not taken by the owner but If she did not send in the papers until the pups were 3 wks old they could still be in process.

    Another thing-If you are not going to breed the dog then papers are not that important anyway!! You still have a great pup no matter what!!!

  3. chihuahua lady says:

    I would give it another week and see if she comes thru with the papers. Really it shoud not take that long. Sometimes a breeder will promise papers and never come thru with them. Really they have from the time the pups are born until the time they sell them which should be at least 8 weeks. That is plenty of time to register a litter and get the application forms back.

  4. torbaynewfs says:

    NEVER leave the breeder without the papers. Good breeders send the paperwok in when the puppies are 3-4 weeks old so they have it for the puppy buyers.
    Sounds BAD to me!!!!! Bet you don't have a contract either. Do you at least have a bill of sale that states what you paid and that it was an AKC registered pup?????

    Now days you can register the litter online and get the paperwork back in about a week. No excuses for breeders anymore!!!!!!

  5. mcnatt c says:

    There you go my friend,you have been taken.Never buy a dog without the papers good breeders will have the papers upon the sale.AKC is informed within a day or two of the birth so the papers are available at the time of adoption.You probally will never get a paper.Ask people on this site if they ever had contact with this Breeder then maybe together you can get something done.Otherwise lesson learned papers are suppose to leave with the buyer at the time of the sale never 3 weeks later.

  6. On average 3-4 wks. The breeder should have had these papers before placing any of the pups, because the papers should GO WITH each pup. The new owners are supposed to individually register each pup.

    Ask her for the litter registration #. If she cannot provide that, she hasn't even registered the litter. If that's the case, there is NOTHING you can do, but maybe hound her CONSTANTLY or take her to small claims court. State Attorney's Office loves Fraud issues….. if she claimed AKC registered and cannot produce such paperwork….. If you bought the pup from another state…….Intrastate Fraud is a Class A FELONY.

  7. I got mine in about 4 weeks.But a friend got hers in 6 weeks. But I would never get a dog unless they have the papers . When we bought our dogs we always got the papers at the same time as the dog. That is the one of the oldest tricks in the book . They charge registered price for unregistered dogs and claim they don't have the papers . and when you call they haven't come yet and they figure eventually you will give up. But if I where you I would call akc and if they can help you out. And see if they can even tell you if that person is actually a breeder or not. Cuz I would hate for you to get ripped off.Good luck. I hope you get those papers. If you don't I would press charges.

  8. kelcy129 says:

    Well my breeder gave me a registration form to fill out and i was the one who had to send the information in because its cost a few dollars. So i would ask your breeder for an application or look on the akc website and see if there is contact information

  9. I don't see any reason there would not be papers with the puppy when the puppy was sold.
    I did mistakenly buy a puppy from a breeder one time and the papers were 'on the way'. Needless to say the papers never arrived. Lesson learned.
    My last puppy came with papers when I took her home. I then sent in the paperwork to register me as the new owner of record.

  10. Sexy_Morena says:

    Sometimes it takes long if she didnt already register the puppies what she could have done was given you the paper work so you could do it yourself but you an always call the AKC number and ask someone what is the usual time from before getting the papers.

  11. jframeisu says:

    It takes about 6-8 weeks to get the papers after the sale. But after that, you can register the dog online. That process is pretty quick.

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