Founded over 40 years ago, the Virginia Federation of Dog Clubs and Breeders, a 501(c)(3), is one of the oldest dog club federations in the country. The objectives established in the early 1970s – to share information and monitor state and federal legislation – are even more critical today, and the VFDC&B has risen to the challenges of the times.
The Federation now includes nearly every all-breed club in Virginia and many breed and performance clubs as well. It also offers individual memberships to fanciers not associated with clubs or those who want to support the Federation personally as well as through their clubs. The Federation is governed by officers and board members elected from the membership.
Each club appoints a delegate to attend meetings and report back to the membership. Delegates also receive legislative alerts and news from the VFDC&B email group, which they distribute to their own club members. Over the decades, the Federation has necessarily shifted focus to meet the changing needs of the dog fancy, but the underlying premise remains the same: to advance the best interests of purebred dogs through legislative efforts, information and education, disaster relief, and to support schools of veterinary medicine.