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United Kennel Club

Established in 1898, the United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance-dog registry globally, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. More than 60 percent of its 15,000 annually licensed events are hunting ability, training, and instinct tests. UKC prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events.

The UKC has supported the “Total Dog” philosophy through its events and programs for over a century. As a departure from registries that emphasize a dog’s looks, UKC events are designed for dogs that look and perform equally well.

Our mission is to be the world’s best registry of purebred dogs, to offer our customers the most efficient and creative services possible, to use our data to help our customers breed the best dogs in the world, and to create a wide spectrum of performance and conformation events in which those dogs can prove their instincts and heritage.

The programs at UKC include Obedience Trials, Agility Trials, Weight Pull Events, Terrier Races, Dock Jumping Events, Lure Coursing, Total Junior Program, Coonhound Field Trials, Water Races, Nite Hunts and Bench Shows, Hunt Tests for retrieving breeds, Pointing Dog Events, Beagle Events (including Hunts and Bench Shows, and Cur and Feist Squirrel and Coon Events and Bench Shows.

Rounding out the ‘Total Dog’ package, UKC Conformation Events are among our largest growing events. UKC dog shows are family events designed by and for the breeder-owner-handler. Professional Handlers are not eligible to exhibit dogs for others at UKC Conformation Events. At UKC dog shows, the emphasis is on the DOG, not the SHOW.

Part of our mission is to have events where all dogs can compete. In addition to our purebred dog registry, United Kennel Club offers a Limited Privilege program. The Limited Privilege is open to all dogs that are spayed/neutered. This includes mixed breed dogs, purebred dogs of unknown pedigree, and purebred dogs with disqualifying faults described in the UKC breed standards. The programs open to Limited Privilege dogs are Obedience Trials, Weight Pulls, Agility Trials, and Total Junior Program.

Our firm believes that the right balance between performance and conformation results in healthier, happier dogs for everyone. We are proud that we share that same philosophy with our growing number of dedicated participants.

Essentially, the UKC world of dogs is a working world. That’s how it was developed over a century ago, and that’s the way it remains today.

The physical home for UKC, a state-of-the-art office facility utilizing the latest in office technology, 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 100,000 residents. An educational and cultural town by definition and reputation is also home to Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, and Pfizer pharmaceutical company.


Approximately 50 employees are found working at the facility during business hours, Monday through Friday of each week. Dedicated to community service, UKC is a respected neighbor to the residents and businesses of Kalamazoo County. International acceptance of UKC’s service and programs has created an ever-expanding business and has helped contribute to its immense growth.

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