What is Limited AKC Registration?

I often get asked about the meaning of “limited” AKC registration for our English bulldog puppies.  All limited registration means is that you can not legally breed or show your English bulldog puppy.  It’s as simple as that.  It’s not some partial registration that means your English bulldog puppy is not full blooded or anything like that… simply that it can’t be bred or shown.

Here’s what the AKC has to say about limited registration:


Limited Registration means that the dog is registered but no litters produced by that dog are eligible for registration.

Chapter 3, Section 4A of the AKC’s Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline states the following: “Limited Registration may be requested for a dog when application for individual registration of the dog is submitted, provided the application, together with a request for such limitation, is filed by the owner(s) of the litter at birth.

No offspring of a dog for which Limited Registration has been granted is eligible for registration. Each registration certificate for such dog shall carry notice of the limitation, and the limitation shall continue, regardless of any change of ownership, unless and until the owner(s) of the litter at birth shall apply to AKC for removal of the limitation.”

A dog registered with an AKC Limited Registration shall be ineligible to be entered in a breed competition in a licensed or member dog show. It is eligible, however, to be entered in any other licensed or member event. These events include: Obedience, Tracking, Field Trials, Hunting Tests, Herding, Lure Coursing, Agility and Earthdog.

Limited Registration is determined by the litter owner(s). The litter owner(s) check the Limited box on the AKC Dog Registration Application.

Limited Registration certificates are white with an orange border; the Full Registration certificate is white with a purple border.

Limited Registration can be changed to Full Registration only by the litter owner(s). The litter owner(s) will need to obtain the Application to Revoke Limited Status. That form will then need to be completed and sent to our Raleigh address with the processing fee. After processing, we will send a Full Registration certificate to the dog’s owner.

Limited Registration helps breeders protect their breeding programs. If breeders do not want puppies used for breeding purposes, they can request the Limited Registration option for those puppies.


The AKC has summed it up perfectly- limited registration helps breeders protect their breeding programs.  So many people decided that it will be cute or fun to bring a litter of English bulldog puppies into this world with little thought about the lives and futures of the puppies.  Some will not survive the first couple of days because of negligence because the breeder (term used loosely) never understood the proper way to care for a litter or for the mother.  My job, as a responsible breeder, is to ensure that these puppies are never produced.

We allow full registration to be purchased for any of our puppies for an additional price ($750) and dependent on the person buying the puppy.  They must show substantial knowledge about the breed and about the entire breeding process.

As always, if you have questions about limited registration, please feel free to contact us!



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