American Canine Association

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The American Canine Association's website asserts that the organization is "the largest veterinary health tracking canine tracking registry" in the United States.

About the American Canine Association

The American Canine Association (ACA) is not affiliated with the American Kennel Club (AKC). Headquartered in Clermont, Florida, the ACA has been in operation as a canine registry since 1984. The organization is a veterinary health registry that provides a variety of additional services to dog owners and breeders who choose to register their dogs.

Health Tracking Registry

Health records of dogs that are registered with ACA are updated and tracked every day. Part of the health tracking service provided by ACA is documentation of congenital defects as a means of playing an active role in healthy breeding practices. This information benefits professional breeders and individuals who purchase purebred canines alike.

Pet Safety and Protection

The association also focuses on helping pet owners protect their registered pets. One way the organization does this is to provide microchip registration for all dogs registered with the organization. Additionally, you'll receive an identification tag with the association's phone number on it along with your dog's registration papers. Both benefits are powerful tools for increasing the chances of a safe return home if your pet is lost.

Registrant Customer Service

When you register your dog with ACA, you will have access to the organization's customer service center. The ACA focuses on providing the owners of registered canines with courteous and cooperative service that meets their needs in an efficient manner. Service is available via telephone, email, and the website. Ask-A-Vet and Ask-A-Trainer expert services are available to registered pet owners directly from the website.

Resources and Service

Owners of ACA registered dogs can request and receive information related to registration, dog care and training, details about relevant legislative matters and more. The service center also handles veterinary health tracking and can provide registrants with referrals to qualified veterinarians.

Expert Guidance

The organization operates under the guidance of advisory boards made up of veterinarians as well as legal and legislative specialists who are leaders in the industry. ACA staff members are actively involved in legislation that impacts the canine industry, including factors relevant to dog ownership and breeding, as well as the service dog component of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

ACA Dog Show Events

A variety of ACA sanctioned educational events, trade shows, and dog shows are held throughout the U.S. every year. There are many different types of shows and competitions, ranging from breed conformation to agility, field trials and more. ACA registered canines are eligible for participation in these events. A calendar of events is published online at

How to Register with the ACA

Are you ready to become a part of the ACA? Registering your purebred dog with the American Canine Association is easy. You can see a list of dog breeds eligible for canine registry at Assuming that your dog is eligible for registration, you'll find that submitting the necessary paperwork is quick and easy. You can fill out the registration forms online, in just a few minutes.

If your pet's lineage is documented through a different registry, you can apply for dual registration. When you fill out the online dual registration form, you will need to attach a three-generation certificate of pedigree along with your pet's existing registration certificate or completed ACA application form.

Additional Information

For more information about ACA, you can submit the online contact form at

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American Canine Association