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Celebrate UKC's 119th Anniversary with #ukcdogs on Social Media!

We’ve had some doggone fun in the past 119 years!

February 10, 2017

UKC Turns 119 Years Old! Use the hashtag #ukcdogs on social media to show us how you're celebrating!

Founded by Chauncey Bennett on February 10, 1898, UKC has grown to be the largest all-breed performance dog registry in the world. As an international registry, we register dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries.

Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, since its inception, UKC used to operate out of the Bennett household before moving to an office building downtown. By 1979, the current UKC building was constructed at 100 E. Kilgore Rd.

For over a century, our family-friendly events and programs have highlighted canine bonds, instincts and heritage while maintaining the virtue of our pedigrees. Through these efforts, we give Honor to Whom Honor is Due ™.

We’ve had some doggone FUN in the past 119 years!

1898 Founded by Chauncey Z. Bennett as a registry to for working dogs.
1920’s UKC’s first licensed Conformation shows took place.
1953 CH Overbeck’s Lucky, a Plott Hound, won the first official UKC Licensed Nite Hunt.
1979 The newly-established UKC Obedience Program puts dogs through their paces!
1984 UKC recognized the Hunting Retriever Club (HRC).
1990 Beagles took to the field in Maryland for the first UKC Licensed Beagle event.
1995 Agility jumped on the list of UKC licensed events!
2002 UKC welcomed Weight Pull to its growing list of events.
2003 Pointing Dog programs began.
2004 Terrier Races zoomed to the front of the pack.
2007 Dock Jumping soared above the competition.
2008 Rally Obedience exhibitors danced their way into the UKC family.
2010 Of “course” UKC was proud to announce Lure Coursing!
2015 Dogs sniffed out a good time in the sport of Nosework!
2016 Every Fido loves the SPOT program!
2017 Elite Shed Dog Series searches out an exciting new opportunity for all dog enthusiasts!

What makes UKC unique? YOU! If you’re proud to participate in UKC events, tag us on social media using the hashtag #ukcdogs!

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.

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