National Canine Association



  • Recognized Registry — Any national or international kennel club, canine association or rare breed association or club that has been recognized by the NCA. See NCA Recognized Registries.
  • Registration — The recording of a dog into the official registry of the NCA.
  • Owner — The individual listed on the NCA registration papers as the owner of the dog.
  • Limited Registration — A purebred dog which may NOT be bred or ever registered as a sire or dam foran NCA registered litter.
  • Purebred Rescue Dog — Purebred dogs ineligible for purebred dog registration due to unknown parentage or other reasons.
  • Mixed Breed Canine Companion Registration — Registration of a dog as a non-purebred dog.


Rules for Registration of Purebred Dogs
The NCA will accept for registration any purebred dog registered in good standing with any national or international registry recognized by NCA. (See NCA Recognized Registries.) A copy of the respective dog’s registration will be attached to the NCA registration form and be certified by the owner when submitted to the NCA for registration on NCA Purebred Single Dog Registration Application (see “Forms”).

A dog that has never been registered with any NCA recognized registry is eligible for NCA registration as a purebred if:

  • Both the sire and dam are registered with NCA,
  • The sire or dam is registered with NCA and the other is eligible for registration with NCA by being registered with an NCA recognized registry or
  • Both the sire and dam are eligible for registration with NCA by being registered with an NCA recognized registry.

Copies of sire’s and/or dam’s registrations must be furnished as appropriate.

Rules for Registration of Purebred Litters

Purebred litters may be registered with the NCA utilizing the NCA Purebred Litter Registration Application(see “Forms”).

WHEN SIRE OR DAM OR BOTH ARE NOT REGISTERED WITH THE NCA.When the sire or dam or both are NOT registered with the NCA, a copy of the NCA recognized registry registration certificate of either or both the sire and/or dam not registered with the NCA MUST accompany the NCA Litter Registration.

WHEN BOTH THE SIRE AND DAM ARE REGISTERED WITH THE NCA. In those cases when both the sire and dam ARE registered with the NCA, there is no need to furnish any registration certificates from any NCA recognized registry.

LIMITED REGISTRATION. The breeder of a litter, at his/her sole discretion, may declare any one or more of the litter to be eligible for “limited” registration only which means they MAY NOT BE BRED or ever registered as a sire or dam for an NCA registered litter.

Rules for Registration of Purebred Rescue Dogs

The NCA has made provisions to allow for the registration of purebred rescue dogs or purebred dogs ineligible for purebred dog registration for other reasons. Use NCA Purebred Rescue Dog Registration Application (see “Forms”). Many of these owners desire to register their dogs. The owner will have to produce a copy of an ILP (Indefinite Listing Privilege) number, or its equivalent, from one of NCA’s recognized registries OR furnish the NCA two photos of the dog, front and side views, and a certificate from either a vet or other credible source, i.e. parent club rescue, county shelter, etc., indicating that the dog or bitch being registered has been spayed or neutered.

Rules for Registration of Mixed Breed Canine Companions

Mixed breed canine companion dogs MUST be neutered or spayed to be registered with the NCA. They will be registered in one (1) name only. To register a mixed breed canine companion dog, use NCA Mixed Breed
Canine Companion Dog Registration Application (see “Forms”).


  • To initially register a dog with the NCA, the owner must complete the NCA approved form.
  • Dogs eligible for registration with the NCA MUST be registered in one name only. In the event the dog is owned by or registered with another registry by more than one (1) individual, contracts and breeding agreements may be made between co-owners. The fact that only one (1) individual is listed as the registered owner with the NCA will in no way affect these other agreements. However, in dealing with the NCA, only the individual listed as the NCA registered owner will be recognized in all transactions with the NCA.
  • NCA dogs will be listed only under the owner’s name on the approved NCA registration form. The owner may make any other leasing or shared ownership arrangements, as he/she desires without requiring approval by or notification to the NCA. The NCA will not enforce the terms of any private lease or shared ownership arrangement. The owner listed on the NCA registration form will have sole authority for the transfer of or any other matter requiring action between the owner and the NCA.
  • To transfer ownership, the registered owner must complete NCA Owner Transfer Application (on reverse
  • of NCA Official Registration Certificate) and furnish the form to the new owner. The new owner will
  • sign and forward the form to NCA headquarters with the prescribed fee.


Each dog registered with the NCA shall be given a unique registration number. The first four (4) digits will
be the year in which the dog is registered. The next two (2) digits are the Group in which the dog’s breed is
assigned to at the time of registration. Current assignments of breeds to Groups are shown in NCA
Recognized Breed by Group List. The remaining digits are the numbers of the dogs registered in that Group
for the year. For example, a dog’s number could be 1999-02-00012. That dog would be the 12th Hound
registered in 1999.
Litter registrations will utilize the same numbering system, but the Litter Registration Numbers will begin
with an “L”.


There are no restrictions on dogs’ names except names will be limited to 30 characters, including spaces.
Owners are also requested to use good taste in the naming of their dogs. The NCA reserves the right to
refuse to register any name that is in any way crude or utilizes inappropriate or prejudicial inferences. In
registering dogs, owners are advised not to infringe on registered trademarks.
NCA will only remove a dog’s name alleged to infringe on a trademark upon a writ from a court of
competent jurisdiction. Names thought questionable will be referred back to the owner for validation.


At this time, NCA does not register kennel names, nor are we able to enforce kennel name restrictions imposed by other kennel clubs.