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Kennel Clubs

American Kennel Club   AKC
There are nearly 5000 dog clubs in the United States that hold affiliated events under the umbrella of the AKC for competition by AKC
registered dogs. The American Kennel Club is a non-profit organization comprised of over 500 member clubs and almost 5000
affiliated clubs devoted to the advancement of purebred dogs. Some are national parent clubs, others local specialty clubs. Others are
devoted to a broad variety of events from agility to obedience and tracking, from field trials to lure coursing and herding tests and trials.

Canadian Kennel Club   CKC
The Canadian Kennel Club is the primary registry body for purebred dogs in Canada. The CKC is  a non-profit organization  dedicated
to "encouraging, guiding, and advancing…the interests of purebred dogs and their responsible owners and breeders in Canada.  The
CKC  registers purebred dogs, regulates dog shows and performance events.

The Kennel Club  KC (UK)
Founded on 4th April 1873.  Although the prime objectives of the Kennel Club are related to the interests of the pure-bred dog and  
activities in shows and trials, the Club has in recent times become concerned by `anti-dog' legislation and actively represents the
interests of responsible dog owners whether the dog is Kennel Club registered or not. The Canine Code was published in 1988 and the
Good Citizen Dog Scheme, aimed at education towards responsible dog ownership, was set up in 1992.

Fédération Cynologique Internationale - World Canine Organisation.   FCI
The Fédération Cynologique Internationale is the World Canine Organisation.  It includes 80 members and contract partners (one
member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges.  The FCI makes sure that the pedigrees and
judges are mutually recognized by all the FCI members.

Australian National Kennel Council  ANKC
The Australian National Kennel Council is the administrative body for pure breed canine affairs in Australia   Its goals are: To  promote
excellence in breeding, showing, training, obedience and other canine related activities and the ownership of temperamentally and
physically sound pure bred dogs by responsible individuals across Australia,  

New Zealand Kennel Club    NZKC
From its inception in 1886, the New Zealand Kennel Club was an association of societies and still is today. They  now have over 300
societies affiliated to, associated with and recognized by us. These are classified by status and by the activity they carry out. Affiliated
clubs must be All Breeds Show clubs, geographically based and well established.

American Rare Breed Association  ARBA
The mission of the American Rare Breed Association is to serve and protect the "Rare Breed Dog" here in the United States.  To
promote and educate the public dog fancier about over 130 or more breeds from around the world that are not now recognized by the
major kennel club of the United States, the American Kennel Club.

The Continental Kennel Club
Iincorporated in 1995. International. One of the largest registration organizations in the United States,. The Continental Kennel Club
offers the dog world a choice in canine registration services. Registers both purebred and mixed-breed dogs

Kennel Union of Southern Africa  (KUSA)
Ffounded in 1891 through the combination of the Southern African Kennel Club of Port Elizabeth (founded 1883) and the South African
Kennel Club of Cape Town (founded 1889)  Primarily a registration and administrative organization the Kennel Union has nearly two
hundred affiliated clubs and six thousand members.

The United Kennel Club (UKC)
Established in 1898, the United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance-dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50
states and 25 foreign countries. More than 60 percent of its 13,000 annually licensed events are tests of hunting ability, training and
instinct. UKC prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events. The UKC has supported the "Total Dog" philosophy
through its events and programs for over a century.  UKC events are designed for dogs that look and perform equally well

National Kennel Club Inc®   (NKC)
Since 1970 the National Kennel Club (NKC) has operated to help dog owners register any purebred dog. The NKC has been fair and
impartial to all breeders, dog owners, and the various breeds they represent. With the NKC rare breeds may be shown with equal status
as well as the major breeds. The NKC licenses all-breed dog shows, events for Coon Dogs, Beagles, Squirrel Dogs, Bird dogs, Fox dogs,
Licensed Dog Kennels, Show Judges, and other dog related-events.

German Kennel Club  ( VDH)
The Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (VDH) is represented on regional level by 16 VDH regional organizations. These are both
member associations, and regional subdivisions and protections of interests of the VDH are. The substantial tasks of the VDH regional
organizations are: regional agency of the VDH, consultation and public work, puppy switching. At these meetings, which rank among the
largest exhibitions in Germany, dogs are represented by 240 different breeds.

The Irish Kennel Club  
Up to 1920 all dog events in Ireland were held under license from the English Kennel Club. On St. Patrick's Day 1921 in the ancient
Concert Rooms in North Brunswick Street  a Show was organized which included other breeds in opposition to the English Kennel Club
licensed Show at Merrion Square. This Show proved so popular and successful that the official event held at Merrion Square proved to
be the last event licensed in Ireland by the English Kennel Club. This was the catalyst that led to the formation of the Irish Kennel Club.

The Scottish Kennel Club
The Scottish Kennel Club is the leading canine authority in Scotland, existing for the main purpose of promoting and encouraging the
improvement and well being of dogs. It does this in several ways: By actively seeking to enlist dog owners as members; by running a
variety of shows and other canine events; by  acting as a licensing authority for most pedigree dog shows in Scotland; by providing an
information source to the public relating to dogs in Scotland; and by means of an education program.

Norwegian Kennel Club    Norsk Kennel Klub (NKK)
Founded in 1898. The initiative to establish a kennel club was taken by the sportsmen, and the first aim was to refine and improve the
various hunting dogs and hounds. The first dog show arranged by the NKK was held in 1898.  Now  11 international dog shows are
arranged every year .NKK has about 95.000 members - 70.000 are members in collaborating clubs (breed clubs and district clubs) and
about 25.000 are direct members of the NKK.

The Finnish Kennel Club  FKK (Suomen Kennelliitto  Finska Kennelklubben Ry)
The Finnish Kennel Club is a large,  organization with over 100 000 members. It is also the head organization for approximately 1500
specialty and hunting clubs which in turn have a total of 450 000 members. The Club has an important role in the advancement of
purebred dogs, breeding, and exhibiting. The organization also supports  new and older dog owners by giving them advice when they
need it. The Kennel Club encourages and supports studies on the fields of canine health, temperament and behaviour.

Swedish Kennel Club
The Swedish Kennel Club was founded in 1889, has about 300 000 members  and is referred to for considerations in dog matters. The
Swedish Kennel Club is a union of non-profit clubs. Geographically, the Club is divided into 25 county clubs, and each county club is
responsible for membership care in its own county.  The Swedish Kennel Club is governed by democratic decisions at all levels. The
final decisions are made by Kennelfullmäktige, who assembles once every second year. All member clubs send delegates to
Kennelfullmäktige. During the period between the KF assemblies, the Central Committee is responsible for running the club.

The Slovenian Kennel Club   (Kinološka zveza Slovenije)
The Slovenian Kennel Club is a young, independent national organisation with a rich tradition. Its beginnings date back to the 1907s.
Despite its small size it can compare with any national canine organisation in Europe. On 25 February 1929 it became an associate
member of the FCI; it became a full member of the Federation on 15 June 1936. The Slovenian Kennel Club has over 10,000
members with around 26,000 dogs who are active in over 99 clubs, societies and purebred clubs.

Italian Kennel Club   ENCI   (Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana)
The Associates breeders of ENCI are approximately 2.000 and the Associates Combine to  approximately 100.000. The E.N.C.I.
reserves particular attention to the valorization and promotion of  Italian breeds.

Kennel Club of India   KCI
Lists all Registered Kennel Clubs in India

Gibralter kennel Club     
The Gibraltar Pedigree Dog Owners Club was the first Canine club to be formed in Gibraltar. It was later, in March 1986, when the
Gibraltar Pedigree Dog Owners Club changed its' name to the Gibraltar Kennel Club. A studbook was started and Open Shows were
organised, with the first one held on the 19th October 1986.  Members of  FCI

China Kennel Union    
Breed and kennel registration and sponsored events. Member of FCI

United Kennel Clubs International
The United kennel Clubs International was founded in Wiesbaden (Germany) on Oct. 23th, 1976 and has been registered in the
association register at the county court. The association´s purpose is to serve the various national societies as an international
umbrella organisation. The association strives for the improvement in  breeding of dogs. The main purpose is to watch over national
and international shows, and to support and inform the members. The UKCIB© award (candidature for the international beauty-
championship) and the CAC award (candidature for the national beauty-championship) is carried in accordance the  UCI show rules. The
CAC is awarded in the country in which which the show takes place.

Mixed Breed Dog Clubs of America     MBDCA
Owners of mixed breeds can enjoy the thrill of competing for titles in obedience, conformation, tracking and much more.  The Mixed
Breed Dog Clubs of America (MBDCA) is a national registry for mixed breeds, providing many of the same opportunities that the
American Kennel Club (AKC) offers for purebreds. There are two basic categories of membership: participating and supporting.  Those
who own a mixed breed and would like to work toward a title should join as a participating member and register their dog(s) for
competition.  All dogs must be spayed or neutered before being registered.  If you don't own a mixed breed, or don't plan to show, but
would like to encourage the club's goal of responsible dog ownership, you can join as a  supporting member.


Breed Competitions /Dog Shows

The Westminster Kennel Club            -       
Established in 1877, The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.
Westminster has become the symbol of the purebred dog, in show rings as well as in millions of television homes across North America.

Crufts Dog Show
Crufts is named after its founder Charles Cruft. The first Crufts show in that name was booked into the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington
in 1891.In 1938 Charles Cruft died and his widow ran the 1939 show. Three years later Mrs Cruft felt the responsibility for running the
show too demanding and, in order to perpetuate the name of the show her husband had made world famous, she asked the Kennel
Club to take it over and it was sold to them; 1948 was the first show under the Kennel Club auspices


Non-English Sites

Austrian Kennel Club   ÖKV  (OEKV)   Österreichischen Kynologenverbandes)

Kennel Club of Argentina   (Federación Cinológica Argentina)

Kennel Club of Belgium     Union Royale Cynologique Saint Hubert

Kennel Club of Bielorussia  Belorussian Cynological Union (BCU)

Kennel Club of Brazil  CBKC  Confederaçao Brasileira de Cinofilia

Kennel Club of Chile    Kennel Club de Chile

Colombia Kennel Club  Asociación Club Canino Colombiano

Costa Rica kennel Club    Asociación Canófila Costarricense

Danish Kennel Club   (Dansk Kennel Klub)

kennel Club of France - Société Centrale Canine
Société Centrale Canine pour l'Amélioration des Races de Chiens en France

Hungarian Kennel Club   (A Magyar Ebtenyésztök Országos )  

Japan Kennel Club
(Site is in Japanese)

Kennel Club of Portugal  (Clube Português de Conicultura)

Russian Kennel Club   (Russian Kynological Federation)  

Kennel Club of Spain (Real Sociedad Canina de Espana)
Kennel Clubs  & Dog Registries
The primary objective of kennel clubs world-wide is to promote
responsible breeding and the advancement of
purebred dogs.
Local and Regional Kennel Clubs are usually members of National
Clubs.  Kennel Clubs not only maintain breed registries, they also
organize and promote
breed competitions. Although not all, most
dog shows are organized and run by kennel clubs.