Regional Club Formation
Regional Bernese Mountain Dog Club Formation
REGIONAL CLUBS and the AKC
Important! A newly formed club should notify AKC, Club Relations, in a letter of its formation, the area served, and its major objectives. It is strongly urged that a regional club, in its early stages of formation, review AKC's "How to form an AKC-Accredited Dog Club." In brief, AKC's process is as follows:
1. After holding meetings and activities for one year, a club will be eligible to apply for accreditation by AKC.
2. If granted accreditation by AKC and approved for the holding of match shows, and/or trials and tests, the club after having held one successful "B" match would be eligible to officially support the entry at an all-breed show.
3. The granting of a license and the authority to hold championship events requires for a specialty club B (OB) matches over a period of at least 18 months between the first and last event. Following the completion of the club's program of B (OB) matches, the club may submit to AKC a request for advance for the hold of Plan A (OA) matches preparatory to licensing.
AKC's "How to Form an AKC®-Accredited Dog Club" can be downloaded at:
- To order "How to Form an AKC®-Accredited Dog Club", contact the AKC at:
The American Kennel Club Order Desk
8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27617-3390
Tel: (919) 233-9767
Fax: (919) 816-3627
If you would like a hardcopy version of any of these booklets, please check out the AKC Online Store.http://apps.akc.org/apps/store/index.cfm
- To discuss with AKC formation of a dog club or AKC-Accreditation, contact Club Relations at 212-696-8207 or write Club Relations, The American Kennel Club, 260 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016.
If for some reason a club dissolves, it is to notify AKC and the BMDCA in writing. Dissolution should be in accordance with the constitution and bylaws of the regional club so doing.