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Established in 1975

As an AKC affiliated club, our primary focus is on purebreds. However, we don’t limit ourselves to purebreds, also providing training and socialization assistance for all dogs, emphasizing the importance of responsible care, training, and companionship. The club is dedicated to three major goals... Further the advancement of all dogs. Do all in our power to protect and advance the interests of dogs and to encourage sportsman like competition at dog shows and at other performance events. Conduct sanctioned matches, dog shows, and performance events under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club.

The Sporting Side of Life

Dog shows are the sporting side of our passion and come in many forms. Family friendly, they are open to anyone of nearly any age who loves their dog and wants to compete.


Originally designed to assess breeding stock, this event is reserved to purebreds. In this competition each dog is compared to their breed’s written standard, and the one coming closest to that ideal is chosen. Then, the respective breeds, which are grouped according to their historical purpose, are compared to their standards once again, and the one that conforms the closest is chosen. In the end, one dog is selected as the “Best in Show”, and this is the one out of all competitors who best represents their breed’s ideal. This competition a relatively formal affair and much honor is given to those dogs who have earned the conformation title as “Champion” or “Grand Champion”.


Performance events are open to all dogs, regardless of whether they are pure or mixed breed, and they evaluate both the dog’s ability to perform specific routines, as well as the handler’s ability to train. It’s significantly less formal, but just as intense as conformation. Here are just some of the events in which your dog might compete: Competitive Obedience Rally Obedience Agility Lure Coursing Retriever Hunt Test Herding Test Earth Dog Barn Hunt Farm Dog

Junior Showmanship

The passion for dogs often begins when young, and those children and teens often grow up to becone the competitors seen in the ring today. This event offers children between the ages of 9 and 18 the opportunity to develop their handling skills, hone good sportsmanship, learn about dogs, and practice the art of dog shows. Judged on their ability to present, or “handle”, their dog, Junior Showmanship gives them a safe outlet in which to learn and grow. For more information about the various AKC events open to you and your dog, click here.

2021 Club Officers

President – Kim Schaffter 1st Vice President (Education) – Pam Norman 2nd Vice President (Training Director) – David Arthur Treasurer – Austin Schaffter Corresponding Secretary – Julie Wallace Board Member – Tom McCarthy Board Member – James Pricket Board Member – Patricia Decker

“Before you get a dog, you can't quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterwards, you can't imagine

living any other way.”

Caroline Knapp, Author and Columnist

Warren County Kennel Club