The canine world has a lot of different tastes and interests, and this means there are a lot of different dog clubs and associations. They offer plenty of ways for dog owners to spend time with their pets, train them, participate in competitions, and earn recognition for their dogs.
Some of these clubs have been registered with larger international organisations, such as the American Kennel Club. Others are more informal and local. Smaller clubs are usually restricted in their size and only serve the canine community. Other clubs may manage large budgets and have a significant impact on the local economy.
Kennel clubs work to organise events, dog shows, educational programs, and community events. They often also manage charities that work with dog breeding and animal welfare. Kennel clubs may work with dogs in general, or with particular breeds. Clubs that only promote a specific dog breed are also called speciality clubs. Commonly, there is a specific club in each country for promoting a particular kind of dog. For very popular dog breeds, such as the German shepherds, there may even be local clubs that are only active in certain regions of a country.
Performance clubs are less concerned with specific dog breeds and animal welfare; instead, they work to promote specific canine sports. Performance clubs may dedicate their time to agility, herding, weight pulling, and other sports, or several sports at a time. It is uncommon, however, for performance clubs to work outside their area of speciality. These associations organise events related to their sport but rarely work with animal welfare more broadly like kennel clubs usually do.
The Dog Community
While there are many clubs with specific interests and areas of speciality, in the end, all members and activists share one thing – a love for their dogs and an interest in animal welfare.