UKC was founded on February 10, 1898, by Chauncey Z. Bennett, who was motivated by dissatisfaction with the other dog registries, which were, he felt, geared too much for the conformation-only show dog or the wealthy hobby man, what Bennett called “the big city idle rich”.
The United Kennel Club (UKC)
A Kalamazoo, Michigan-based company founded in 1898, United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance-dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. Celebrating the unique Total Dog philosophy, UKC events highlight the instincts and heritage of dogs that look and perform equally well, as more than 60 percent of its annually licensed events are tests of hunting ability, training, and instinct. United Kennel Club prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events, welcoming both purebred dogs and dogs of unknown ancestry.
The headquarters for UKC is located in the southwestern Michigan city of Kalamazoo. Approximately 35 miles inland from the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, the Kalamazoo/Portage area is home to approximately 325,000 residents. An educational and cultural town by definition and reputation, the area also is home to Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College.
The United Kennel Club (UKC) is an international all-breed dog registry providing credibility for pedigrees and offering family-friendly events to celebrate dog abilities and the human/canine bond.
Much like the AKC, the UKC lists Dog Breeds By Group.
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