About the Virginia Kennel Club

THE VIRGINIA KENNEL CLUB, having been first organized in October 1902 and put on some dog shows before 1934, it did not begin a consistent schedule until it was established in 1934. The Virginia Kennel Club has made its mark through the years in producing its popular and successful dog events. A member club of the American Kennel Club, its annual show attracts top-rated dogs, owners, handlers, and judges.

The objectives as a club are to promote the interest of dogs and breeders of purebred dogs; to stimulate and interest in public exhibition of dogs by the holding of dog shows and to encourage  sportsmanlike competition at dog shows; to further safeguard the interests of breeders and exhibitors of dogs and to promote better laws for their protection; to conduct sanctioned matches, dog shows and obedience trials and any other event for which the club is eligible under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club.

Our mutual interest is the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience to more thoroughly enjoy our hobby and to promote the advancement of all breeds of dogs.

We are proud members and supporters of the American Kennel Club and the Canine Health Foundation.

A not-for-profit organization, the Virginia Kennel Club influences many audiences through its community activities that promote interest in dogs, responsible dog ownership, and canine health.

If you are interested in joining the Virginia Kennel Club, please see our JOIN page.

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