There are two Wagyu breeds outside of Japan – Japanese Black and Red Wagyu (also known as Japanese Brown and Akaushi). Both can be registered with the AWA using DNA technology to trace animal pedigrees back to the original founder animals exported from Japan.
An animal can only be registered as a Fullblood (Japanese Black or Red) Wagyu if all forebears originate from Japan and there is no evidence of outcrossing to other breeds.
Registered Fullbloods require DNA parent verification to the sire and dam to ensure complete pedigree accuracy. A Fullblood herd consists of 100% DNA-verified Wagyu cattle.