Registration Guidelines

Registration FAQs

1. How do I register my dog with AKC?

In order for an Anatolian Shepherd Dog (ASD) to be registered with the AKC it must be either 
     1. from a litter produced by a dam and sire who are both already AKC registered ASDs or 
     2. have been born in the United States or its possessions or territories (AKC Open Registration) or 
     3. if the ASD was foreign born it must be registered in the country that has an acceptable registry with AKC (AKC Special Registry Services).

ASDs born in Turkey and imported to the United States while the AKC Stud Book remains open, can be registered with the ASDCA if they meet the requirements of registry as set forth by the ASDCA. They can later by registered with AKC, if a certified three-generation pedigree is available.

2. Do I need a three generation pedigree for registration?


3. What do I need to register a dog born in the US?

A Certified Three-Generation Pedigree from an ASDCA recognized registry (AKC, UKC, FCI).

4. What do I need to register a dog imported into the US?
    1. A Signed, notarized 3-generation pedigree from the breeder of record
    2. Proof of Importation/Shipping Documents
    3. Health Certification from Country of Origin
    4. The dog must be positively and permanently identified through a microchip prior to being registered
    5. Be at least 18 months of age or older to be registered
    6. Photo Documentation. Color prints must be a minimum of 4 x 6 with a maximum of 10 feet taken from a distance less than 5 feet to ensure adequate details of the head are reflected in the photo. The requested names of the dog must be printed on the back of each photograph. There are 4 required pictures:
  • Straight on head shot
  • Front Full Body
  • Side Full Body (must contain a reference point for the height such as a yard stick)
  • Rear Full body

    Video and/or physical inspection will be required. Please see the Anatolian Shepherd Dog Video Inspection Procedures 
5. Two or more parents only have a two generation pedigree, but when the puppies are born, they will have a three generation pedigree, can I register the puppies?

No. Registration is based on the parents pedigrees. Sire (or sire’s semen) and dam must have three generation pedigrees in order for the puppies to be registered.

Yes, a 3-generation pedigree is required if you are planning on registering any puppies from the litter. Registration is based on the parents pedigrees, and parents are required to be either ASDCA or AKC registered (this requires a three generation pedigree).

Please see screenshots above, or read “ASDCA Registration Process” to learn more about our process.

6. I want to breed from imported semen, is a three generation pedigree required for that?
7. I have DNA from a dog I want to register, he/she is no longer alive, but there is a verifiable three generation pedigree, is this something you will accept and register?

No. Whether we are registering imported or domestic dogs, the requirement is nearly the same, Photo Documentation is required for both, and a Video or Physical Inspection is required for an import, and *may* be required for a domestic dog (see #6 for Imported Anatolian Shepherd Dogs and #2 for United States Born Anatolian Shepherd Dogs)

8. My dog is a registered Turkish Shepherd Dog of another kind that DNA'd as an Anatolian. He/She has a three generation pedigree, can I register my dog with ASDCA?

No. We only register dogs from a reciprocal registry.

In order for a dog to be registered with the ASDCA, it must meet the Anatolian Shepherd Dog breed standard set by the AKC and ASDCA.

A dog that is imported from a country that does not have a registry covered by the AKC’s Special Registry Services and is registered as a breed other than an ASD with another registry, cannot be registered as an ASD with the ASDCA. For example, an ASD that is imported from Turkey and is registered as a Kangal Dog with the United Kennel Club, cannot be registered as an ASD with the ASDCA. However, if that same ASD import is not registered as a Kangal, it can be registered as an ASD with the ASDCA.

No dogs whose three generation pedigrees contain any dogs registered as Akbash or Kangal dogs are registerable.

No crossbred or mixed breed dogs or dogs with non-verifiable pedigrees are acceptable.

…ASDCA Registration is not guaranteed.

9. I am reading your FAQs and I'm confused now. I thought you could register a Kangal as an Anatolian Shepherd Dog?

We won’t discuss the differences (or whether the Kangal and Anatolian are the same) but yes, if you have a Kangal that is registered with UKC or with the Kangal Club of America, and you wish to give up that registration, and register instead with the ASDCA, that is possible. That form, along with all of our forms, are available under “The Breed” heading on our menu on the “forms” page.

10. What about Akbash? Do you register those? I see a number of white Anatolians, are they Akbash, or Anatolians?

Anatolians do come in white, it is one of the colors they come in. Akbash are only white. There is a history of accepting Akbash into the registry, but this changed, and they are no longer a breed that will give up its own Kennel Club registration and re-register as an Anatolian.