Located in Clarksville, Tennessee, USA
- The Clarksville Kennel Club began in the 1960's as an Obedience Club. Within a year, it had grown to include Conformation (showing) and actually became the "Clarksville Kennel Club".
- The purpose of an AKC Kennel Club is to promote purebred dogs through training classes and shows.
- The ultimate goal of AKC Kennel Clubs is to grow to the stature of an American Kennel Club licensed show-giving club.
- For the entire time the Clarksville Kennel Club has existed, that has been what we have aimed for.
- Since the very beginning, the Clarksville Kennel Club has always maintained a healthy interest in obedience training. We have offered classes in dog training since we began. Hundreds of dogs from Clarksville and its surrounding communities of Hopkinsville, Fort Campbell and others, have been trained in Clarksville Kennel Club classes. Many of these dogs have gone on to earn high AKC obedience titles, while others have remained at home, better companions for their training.
- Club members have given classes for local 4-H clubs and for the Austin Peay State University continuing education program, pet therapy programs at local hospitals, judged pet shows for 4-H, Fort Campbell and the Clarksville-Montgomery County Humane Society and the Clarksville-Montgomery County Parks Department. Two of our members were featured on Animal Planet's Breed All About It.
- Our members have also helped out other new dog clubs in various ways, such as helping with, and judging their fun matches.
- The Club has presented it's own pet shows. We have worked hard to grow from a fun match (non-recognized) status, through AKC sanctioned matches (practice show) to being able to offer AKC licensed event (championship point show) status, to now being an AKC Member Club.
- The first licensed all breed dog show, and obedience trial that the Clarksville Kennel Club held was on March 30, 1985.
- Since then, we have continued to hold these yearly shows.
- 1994 marked our first back to back show. (2 shows on one weekend)
- In 1999, along with our All Breed Dog Show and Obedience Trial, we held our first sanctioned Agility Match.
- From 2000 to 2005 our back to back shows included, 2 days of Conformation Shows, Obedience Trials, and Agility Trials.
- In 2006 we separated our Agility Trial from our April All Breed Dog Show and Obedience Trial. We are now holding our Agility Trial in October, combined with the Nashville Dog Training Club's Agility Trial held at the Franklin AG facility.
- For many years the Clarksville Kennel Club has been proud to offer the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. This program is open to all dogs from the community, mixed breeds as well as purebred. We offer the CGC test several times a year, at the end of our CGC training class. You do not have to attend the basic obedience class to participate, although we do recommend it.
- The Clarksville Kennel Club has been active in the community in other ways as well. The club has, through the years, offered tattoo clinics, participated in the annual Christmas parade, given demonstrations and mini shows for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, 4-H, local schools, nursing homes, Humane Society telethons, Ft Campbell Recreation centers and local malls. Some of our members make regular visits to area hospitals with their registered therapy dogs.
- The Club has donated books to the local library and assists in the rabies clinics that are held annually across Clarksville-Montgomery County.
- Our members enjoy a variety of dog related sports, to include conformation, obedience, agility, rally, tracking, herding, and flyball.
- In 2008 a Violent Tornado Destroyed the Clarksville, TN. Fairground Pavilion and with it took our long time Dog Show Site.
- In April 2009 our 2 day Obedience Trial was held in Nashville, at the NDTC training Building.
- In May 2009, our Conformation Shows were held in Jackson, TN. as a 4 Day Cluster Show, in conjunction with the Jackson TN Dog Fanciers Association
- The Clarksville Kennel Club welcomes new members who are interested in furthering the goals of the club. It is not a requirement that you own a dog in order to join us. Regular meetings are held each month, usually in the evening of the second Thursday of the month.
- Guests are very welcome at our regular monthly club meetings.
If you are interested in attending, please call the CKC: 931-648-9276 for the specific place and time of our club meetings.
- Please be sure to visit the rest of the web site, to find out more information about the various things the Clarksville Kennel Club offers.
The Clarksville Kennel Club's History
This page was last updated: November 12, 2009