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This article appeared in the May/June 2008 AKC Family Dog magazine. This is devoted to the AKC purebred that, for whatever reason, is not eligible for AKC registration papers.

Perhaps he is from an unregistered litter or has unregistered parents, or maybe you lost the papers, or didn't receive them from the dog's breeder. Many readers tell us they have opened their hearts to dogs that were lost, abandoned, or surrendered to shelters or rescue groups.

The AKC Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) program--until recently known as the Indefinite Listing Privilege--will allow your unregistered dogs of AKC breeds to take part in a variety of competitive events, just like your registered purebred.

The process is simple. AKC experts examine photographs of the dog. If they determine that he is indeed a purebred of an AKC-registrable breed, and if the owner furnishes proof from a veterinarian that the candidate has been spayed or neutered, the dog will be issued a PAL number. PAL is not an alternative form of registration but simply a listing.

If you have a purebred dog ineligible for AKC registration and want to see how he fares against the very best, a PAL number is his lifetime passport to the world of dog sports.

Once enrolled, your PAL dog will have access to a menu of dog sports designed to suit dogs of every breed and inclination. And they will compete on a level playing field with their AKC-registered peers. During the program's long history, many PAL dogs have become top achievers in their respective fields.

AKC Board Member Patricia Scully has a theory about this. A longtime judge of competitive obedience events, Scully feels that dogs with unfortunate back-stories might have extra incentive to succeed: "It's almost--and I don't want to read too much into this--but it's almost as if these (PAL) dogs realize that they were lucky to be found by a good owner and, darn it, they seem to try extra hard."

PAL enrollment applications can be downloaded at www.akc.org or requested by e-mail (at PAL@akc.org). When requesting an application by e-mail, include your name and mailing address. The following must be submitted with a completed PAL application:

Two recent, clear color photographs of the dog: a full front-view showing facial characteristics, and a full-profile shot of the dog standing on a flat surface--not grass; the AKC experts must be able to see the dog's feet.

Proof from a veterinarian that the dog has been spayed or neutered.

A nonrefundable $35 application fee.

Send the completed application form and the above supporting materials to The American Kennel Club PAL, P.O. Box 37933, Raleigh, NC 27627-7933.

PAL enrollees will receive a subscription to the "Your AKC" e-newsletter, a flyer from the breed's national parent club, an attractive certificate denoting their dog's place in the PAL program, and a copy of AKC FAMILY DOG magazine. Enrollees also receive information on AKC pet Healthcare and AKC Companion Animal Recovery.

Conformation dog shows are primarily exhibitions of breeding stock, and thus your PAL dog, required to be spayed or neutered, cannot compete in the show ring for obvious reasons. But he can compete without restriction in many other all-breed or breed specific AKC events.

Spinone with a PAL certification can compete in obedience, agility, tracking, rally, Junior Showmanship and hunt tests.



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