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US Registrations

The 2 large dog registries in the United States are AKC - The American Kennel Club and UKC - The United Kennel Club. 

The Romanian Carpathian Shepherd and AKC

The American Kennel Club is a non-profit purebred dog pedigree registry for American and all national breeds, founded in 1884 that advocates dogs as pets, promotes responsible dog ownership, and protection of canine rights.

To be registered in the AKC, the dog’s parents and litter must also be registered with AKC. The registration is meant only to determine the breed of the dog and his parents and not his health or show quality bloodline. AKC is not a member FCI, however they agreed to recognize each other's registrations. 

AKC is more concerned about a dog’s physical appearance rather than his emotional and behavioral health. AKC registration is required from breeders so that they can sell purebred puppies and participate in AKC sponsored purebred conformation shows and dog sports.

The required age for a dog to breed is no younger than eight months. No AKC breed club can require a higher breeding age or genetic tests for diseases or any other restrictions.

It is not a member of the International Kennel Federation, FCI. It requires docked tails and cropped ears which is banned by law in other countries and is criticized by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

It's many activities include conformation shows, junior showmanship, obedience trials, tracking trials, dog agility, and rally obedience.

The AKC divides dogs into seven groups:

* Sporting group – includes bird dogs such as Pointers, Retrievers, Setters, and Spaniels.
* Hound group – includes dogs that are developed to hunt using sight or scent like Greyhound and Beagles.
* Working groups – includes dogs that guard property, livestock, pulling carts such as Siberian Huskies and Bernese Mountain Dogs.
* Terrier group – includes dogs that hunt vermin and dig their burrows like Cairn Terrier and Airedale Terrier
* Toy group – includes companion dogs like Toy Poodles and Pekinese
* Non-sporting group – includes dogs that don’t fit into other categories and are larger than toy dogs such as Bichon Frises and Miniature Poodles
* Herding group – includes dogs that herd livestock like Rough Collies and Belgian Shepherds

The Romanian Carpathian Shepherd bred was accepted and recognized by AKC in November 2021. We are working diligently to provide AKC with all requested pictures and documentation to see our beautiful dogs part of AKCs list of breeds under FSS. 

You can visit AKC at

The Romanian Carpathian Shepherd and UKC

The United Kennel Club is the second largest purebred dog registry in the world and it is the second oldest in the United States. It was founded in 1898 to provide a registry for working dogs. It promotes the concept of a total dog, a dog that can perform as well as it looks. It uses DNA testing to establish a dog’s parentage.

There are three ways to register in the UKC. One is Single registration which is for dogs whose parents are not UKC registered. Another way is the Limited Privilege registration for purebreds whose pedigree is unknown and for mixed breed dogs. The third way is Litter registration for puppies whose parents are also registered in the UKC.

UKC divides the dogs into 8 groups: 


This group is divided into two types: Flock Guards and Mastiffs.


This group is divided into two types: Tree Hounds and Trailing Hounds.


This group is divided into two types: Pariah Dogs and Sighthounds.

GROUP 4. GUN DOG -The dogs in this Group can be roughly subdivided into four often overlapping categories, based on their primary usage: Retrievers, Pointers, Setters and Flushing Spaniels.





The Romanian Carpathian Shepherds are registered UKC since 2006 in the Herding Group. In 2020, there was a petition sent by an owner to UKC to consider changing the Carpathian Shepherds from the Herding Group into the Guardian Group and the petition was approved. Romanian Carpathian Shepherds

can and have participated in UKC sports and conformation shows with great results.

You can visit UKC at:


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