The Shreveport Kennel Club was founded to promote the sport of Purebred Dogs in the Shreveport-Bossier area. The purposes stated in the Articles of Incorporation are: to further the advancement of all breeds of pure-bred dogs; to do all within it's power to protect and advance the interest of all breeds of pure-bred dogs and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and obedience trials; and to conduct sanctioned matches and dog shows under the rules of the American Kennel Club.

These goals are a commitment of the current membership. Providing service to the Ark-La-Tex, the club maintains an ongoing breeder referral service. This effort on the part of the club tries to bypass the pet shop mentality by directing potential pet buyers to reputable club members who either breed the dogs requested or have access to other breeders involved with the breeds of interest.

The officers and board members of the club are responsible to the membership for the overall direction of the club. The club promotes the health of the dogs in our area by encouraging the spaying and neutering of adopted pets. This helps to reduce the pet population by decreasing unwanted breedings and the puppies they produce. National organizations, including Morris Animal Foundation and the American Kennel Club's Canine Health Foundation, have received donations from the club for continued research to benefit our dogs. The health of pets, especially dogs is important to all of us. The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is an important referral resource for the health of our pets.

The membership participates in conformation training classes as well as educational programs at club meetings. Each year the club sponsors a Sanctioned Conformation Match. The club actively promotes dog shows in the Ark-La-Tex by holding two all breed conformation shows a year. The Bossier City Civic center is the site for the two shows Friday April 22, 2016 and Saturday April 23, 2016. D'Arbonne Kennel Club holds shows on Sunday and Monday the 24th and 25th in conjunction with the Shreveport Kennel Club. The club currently uses Onofrio Dog Shows, but in other areas of the country, Moss-Bow and Bradshaw are reliable resources.

The club maintains a delegate to the American Kennel Club. The delegate's purpose is to represent the club and membership on a national level. The delegate is also available to help with problems that may arise with area residents who are unfamiliar with the workings of the American Kennel Club and the registration process.

In addition to the reference sites included, Dog News, a popular weekly canine periodical offers opinions and information regarding the sport of pure bred dogs. Anyone interested in information about upcoming meetings and activities can contact the corresponding secretary. For breeder referral, contact Ruth at Eldoradochows@bellsouth.net or call 965-CHOW.

See also A Beginner's Guide to Dog Shows on the AKC web site.

This page last updated September 4, 2009 with openoffice.org and Notepad

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