Kennel Club was organized
September 8, 1947 by a group of dog lovers with
two purposes in mind: first, to further the advancement of all purebred
dogs; second, to conduct sanctioned matches and dog shows under the
rules of the American Kennel Club.
To conduct regular licensed dog shows in which dogs receive points to
their championship, the Alaska Kennel held two sanctioned matches within
one year under the rules of the American Kennel Club.
The first sanctioned match was judged by Mrs. Lillian Miller of
May 20th 1948. Eighty six dogs were entered with
twenty seven breeds being represented. Best In Match was awarded to a
black cocker spaniel named Warrior Bold of Ahnest-Lee”, owned by Major
George T Young.
The second match was judged by Captain Will Judy, former Dog World
November 28th, 1948. Ninety three dogs were
entered with thirty breeds being represented. Best In Match was awarded
to a Doberman Pinscher named “Moxee of Von Kay”, owned by Frances L
Upon completing the American Kennel Club’s requirement, the Alaska
Kennel Club was ready to hold its first licensed all breed dog show for
championship points. This show was held
August 7, 1949 at the
gym, now the City Hall Annex. Mr. William H Pym of
B.C. presided over the one hundred sixty-six entrants, with twenty nine
breeds being represented. Best In Show was awarded to a Golden Retriever
named “Rockhaven Jack” owned by Haakon Christiansen.
The Alaska Kennel Club held one show annually until 1957 when the
American Kennel Club granted the club to hold two shows annually. Now,
we hold four licensed shows a year. We still hold the required matches
required by the American Kennel Club.
Through the 50 plus years, we have advanced a long way and credit is due
Founders of this club and the ongoing dedication of club members and
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