Choosing the Right Dog Breed Club for You
Any serious dog owner would give only the best for his pet dog. Even if you are not entertaining the idea of joining a local dog show, much less a championship dog show competition, membership to a duly-recognized Kennel Club is a very sensible decision.
Why would you become a member of a Kennel Club?
Kennel Clubs or an organization of dog owners offer you a wealth of resources needed to better care for your pet dog. You will have access to a lot of information on how to provide the best possible care for your dog. More importantly, the community of dog owners in a particular Kennel Club will always offer a helping hand for any problem that you might encounter.
Individual Kennel Clubs can give you and your dog a variety of benefits which can range from certification of your dog’s breed to qualifying for a variety of exhibitions and competition dog shows. You will also receive the club’s regular publication as well as possible discount cards for a variety of dog services that are also offered by Kennel Club members or from recognized third party affiliates.
How do you choose the right Kennel Club for you?
First and foremost is for you to ascertain the breed of dog that you have. Local Kennel Clubs often are breed-specific such as a club for dachshund owners, beagle owners, Labrador owners, and Yorkshire terrier owners, to name a few.
Make sure that the Kennel Club you will be joining is duly recognized by the national association of Kennel Clubs in your country. This means for Americans, the local Kennel Club should be registered with and duly recognized by the American Kennel Club, and so on and so forth for other countries.
Make sure, although not necessary, that the national organization of Kennel Clubs to which your local Kennel Club is affiliated, is also a duly recognized member of the Federation Cynologique Internationale – the world body of Kennel associations across the globe.
Try to obtain as much information as you can about the Kennel Club that you want to join. You may want to ask about membership dues as well as other fees that you might incur in the course of your membership.
Ask about the different benefits that you and your dog are bound to receive upon membership as well as during the entire duration of your membership. Take not of any fine print in these ‘deals’ as you may end up paying more than if you were to have them elsewhere.
Ask about the services that they provide, both for you and your dog. Check if there is access to their website or that there are other modes of communicating important concerns to the general membership.
Do the paperwork
Joining a Kennel Club requires you to accomplish several forms, including the payment of certain fees like membership. Duly accomplish these and wait for additional instructions on what you need to do next.
Dog ownership does entail a lot of work, especially if you own a purebred dog and would want to safeguard his life and your investment. Choosing the right Kennel Club for you and your dog will definitely ensure these aims to be realized.