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AKC Lets Dogs Change Names

A change to the American Kennel Club’s registration rules lets owners rename their dogs.

A change to the American Kennel Club’s registration rules lets owners rename their dogs.

Good news for dog owners who are thinking about renaming their dogs. The American Kennel Club has announced a change in their registration rules that allows owners of AKC-registered dogs to change their pet’s official name for $25. Dogs are eligible if they were born in the U.S., have never been bred, or have not won any awards at an AKC event.

“We have a lot of interest from AKC-registered dog owners looking to rename their dogs,” says David Roberts, AKC’s assistant vice president of registration. “In most cases, the dog is a beloved pet and the owner would like to pick a name that has special value to them.

The new rule allows owners to change the name when transferring their AKC-registered dog, or to request a name change at any time.” Visit the AKC website for The Dog Name Change Authorization form. Submit the completed form via fax to the AKC at 919-816-4261 or mail it in to the address on the application.

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