About the Champlain Valley Kennel Club

The Champlain Valley Kennel Club, Inc. is an American Kennel Club (AKC) affiliated organization that has been active in the area since the 1950’s. It is a not for profit club dedicated to the advancement of purebred dogs, the encouragement of sportsman like conduct at shows and trials, and the sponsoring of dog shows, obedience and rally trials as well as sanctioned matches.

CVKC actively fulfills its goals of furthering the interests of purebred dogs in a number of ways. It holds an all-breed dog show in December. We participate in expositions such as home shows, holds sanction matches and Canine Good Citizen Tests and we sponsor educational clinics and seminars which are open to the public.

Undecided about what breed of dog would suit you? Wide arrays of breeds are owned by our members. We might be able to help you with any questions or direct you to more information about your breeds of interest.

Why Join CVKC?

The best reason for joining any club is to find a group of people who share the same interests as you do. If you are interested in learning more about purebred dogs, their raising, training competition and breeding, a club such as the Champlain Valley Kennel Club may be right for you.

Club meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month with few exceptions. Contact a club officer for times and locations. Visitors are always welcome. Whether you are a member or not, there are many ways for you to participate in dog related activities. You do not have to be a member to help out at a sanction match or the point show. Most clinics and seminars are open to non-members as well. In fact, the very purpose of clinics and seminars is to offer as much information as possible to the public.

The Champlain Valley Kennel Club sponsors several events throughout the year. These fall into several categories:

All Breed Point Show:

This yearly event takes place in December. It is open to all AKC recognized Breeds. Well over a thousand dogs enter the shows we hold in conjunction with the Eastern Dog Club, Inc. with whom we share the four day show weekend. Dogs come from all over the United States, Canada and other parts of the world. Dogs compete for points toward AKC Conformation Championships, as well as obedience and Rally titles.


Sanctioned Matches:

Matches are similar to dress rehearsals for point shows for both the exhibitor and the club. No points are earned, but much experience is gained for dogs, handlers and judges.


Handling Classes:

Throughout the year, there are handling classes offered. These classes offer instruction on breed ring technique for the novice handler and experience for the novice dog. Beginners are definitely welcome!


Seminars and Clinics:

Many topics from handling techniques, breeding, first aid and CPR for your dog, genetics, all sorts of health issues both eastern and western, along with most anything of interest to the club members have been covered.