The New Zealand Kennel Club, or NZKC, is an international registry of dog breeds, but began as an organization of many societies, rather than just a simple single-minded construction. These 300 other societies, organizations, and affiliations all help the New Zealand Kennel Club in some way to spur on their commitment to the maintenance of recognized dog breeds. The associated clubs that the NZKC works with include:
Agility Clubs. These include either Associated Obedience Clubs that have been approved to conduct agility training or those Agility Clubs that cater for agility alone, without training.
Combination Show, as well as Obedience Clubs. These include Specialist/Singular Breed Clubs that are also registered under the regulations of dog training to act as obedience clubs.
Obedience Clubs. These clubs include All Breed Clubs (that is, both geography based and those catering to all dog breeds) and other related types of clubs based on obedience guidelines.
Show Clubs These include All Breeds Clubs that do not meet the affiliation status and All Breeds Clubs.
Some of these recognized societies include the Alaskan Malamute Club, Airedale Terrier, Club, and many others.
As a part of the NZKC, these societies are required to follow the rules and regulations as established by the New Zealand Kennel Club.
But aside from the affiliations, the New Zealand Kennel Club can also include individual memberships, and have taken these applications since 1976. In order to complete this application, interested parties must first do one of the following things: become a member of the executive council for the NZKC, become a judge for the organization, become a delegate, hold an executive office in an affiliated society, enter their dog at an open show, hand a dog at an open obedience test, agility event or at a Championship, renew a kennel name, register a kennel name, or simply register their dog with the New Zealand Kennel Club.
Things to Keep in Mind
While being a member of the New Zealand Kennel Club is preferred, it is not a necessary designation for those that want to purchase or breed dogs that are a part of the listings in the NZKC. It is also not necessary when you want to hold a post in the club that is outside of the executive responsibilities or when want to work with a dog within the ring during a show or sporting event.
How You can Join the New Zealand Kennel Club
The process of applying to be a part of the New Zealand Kennel Club is a simple one. You can begin by going to their online website and filling out a simple online application and paying a fee for the application to be read. If further information is needed, you will be contacted by the club and given instructions on how to submit this necessary information. Dog owners and breeders from around the world can apply to be a part of the New Zealand Kennel Club, but they must fill out the proper forms in order to be qualified.