A .The American Dog Federation sanction must
be obtained by any club that holds American  Dog Federation
events, for any type of match for which it solicits or
accepts entries from non-members.
B.TheAmerican Dog Federation will not approve applications
for shows where dates conflict, unless it be shown that
the granting of such applications will not work to the
detriment of either show.
C. All clubs holding shows under
American Dog Federation guidelines must have available at
each event, through their event committees, a copy of
the latest edition of The Complete Dog Book,
or a current
set of the applicable breed standards, provided by the show
giving club.
Premium lists for the show MUST have the dress code and conduct code
as set forth by the American Dog Federation.
A written copy of Rules Applying to Dog Shows,  
Any Sanctioned club holding a show for charity if requested
must submit to The American Dog Federation
within ninety days of date of show, a complete financial
statement and receipt from the organization for which
the show was held.

SECTION 1. The American Dog Federation will not be responsible to provide
ribbons or trophies for any dogs who have won their class/s.
The American Dog Federation will at times offer a Rosette/s for BIS or Group
winners. The show giving club will know in advance if the ADF will offer those
SECTION 2. The American Dog Federation will not receive any funds from
the show or match show entry fee monies collected by the show giving club,
however there will be an administrative fee of ten dollars applied per entry. If the
dog is entered in more than one class only the initial entry will be charged.
SECTION 3.ALL dogs entering the show or match show must be registered by
the ADF. The American Dog Federation will receive all ADF
registration monies for dogs who must be registered to enter the show/match
SECTION 4. The American Dog Federation may  grant
permission to clubs to hold sanctioned matches, which
sanctioned matches shall be governed by such rules and
regulations as from time to time shall be determined by
the American Dog Federation.
SECTION 5. Each sanctioned club or association
entitled to hold one or more ADF sanctioned shows or sanctioned matches a
SECTION 6. Each sanctioned club or association which
has held a show or shows in any one year shall have first
right to claim the corresponding dates for its show or
shows to be held in the next succeeding year.
SECTION 7. A member or non member club or association
must apply to The American Dog Federation on a regular
official form, which will be supplied on request, over
the signature of one of its officers, for permission to
hold a show, stating in the application the day or days
upon which, and the exact location where it desires
to hold such show. This official form must be sent
in time to reach The American Dog Federation at least
twelve weeks before the closing date for entries
of the show.  
SECTION 8. Where there are two or more show giving
member clubs or associations not specialty clubs
located in the same show territory, the jurisdiction of
said clubs or associations shall be concurrent.
SECTION 9. The use of a club’s name for show
purposes cannot be transferred.
SECTION 10. A non-member club or association
wishing to be sanctioned for a show must apply to
The American Dog Federation  to hold a show, stating in the application
day or days of the show/match
exact location where it desires to hold such show.
This request must be sent in time to reach the American
Dog Federation at least twelve weeks before the closing date
for entries of the show. The American Dog Federation
is to be supplied with such information with regard
to names of the officers and members, and the financial responsibility of the
applying non-member club or association as The
American Dog Federation  may request. A non-member
club shall pay a license fee of one hundred and fifty dollars for the privilege of
holding such show or one hundred dollars for a match show under American
Dog Federation rules.
SECTION 7. A member specialty club may hold a
show or match show confined to the breed which it sponsors and such
show shall carry a championship rating according to the
schedule of points of the breed for which the show is

All-breed clubs welcome purebred dog owners of every breed registered
by the ADF, and hold dog shows and benched shows evaluating a dog’s
conformation to its particular breed standard. All-breed clubs may also
be eligible to hold obedience trials, tracking tests, agility trials, herding
events, lure coursing events weight pull, Canine Citizen, Canine Citizen of
Merit and hunting tests.

What Makes a Good Club?

1. Is composed of members who love purebred dogs and their sport and
can work together to serve the best interests of the dogs and the sport.
2. Operates under an approved constitution and bylaws.  
3. Has members who reside in a relatively compact geographic area, and
hold events in their community which promote the sport and
purebred dogs.

ADF’s Basic Club Policies
Membership: The minimum membership household requirement varies,
depending on the type of club but can be as few as 10. Local membership
must constitute the clear majority of club members. For more details, please
speak with a representative assigned to you.
There are no dues owed to the American Dog Federation for the first 2
years of a clubs formation. Date being from date of sanction by the
American Dog Federation
Geographic Range or Territory: There is no specified
mileage radius; each club is evaluated on its
own merits and circumstances. We recognize that
in densely populated areas there may be a need
for more clubs, while in sparsely populated areas
more territory may be suitable.  
Continuity: We expect prospective new clubs to
demonstrate ongoing viability by establishing a calendar
of prospective and projected  meetings, elections and activities  when
coming to the ADF for sanctioning. Clubs should
provide a detailed account of future/projected  fun matches, dog shows and
Club Name: Your club’s name should identify your geographic center of
The first step is to hold an organizational meeting. Try to contact all fanciers
in your proposed area who may want to become involved. You may want
to place an ad in your local paper.  
* Select temporary officers. For starters, all you really need is someone to
chair meetings, and someone to take minutes.
* Decide on a meeting schedule and location.
* Choose someone to keep records of the club’s development. This is very
important because the ADF’s evaluation of your club will focus on the
records your club submits. You may want to designate this person as ADF
Liaison. Note: Always keep copies of club records.  
* Set up a program of activities. These should reflect your efforts to assist
fanciers and promote the sport and responsible dog ownership.
* Code of Ethics. The ADF does not require a specific code of ethics, but
does expect all clubs and members to behave ethically at all times. If your
club adopts a code of ethics, it should be used as an educational tool, and
should not be tied to the disciplinary section.
A of the list of club officers with addresses and daytime
telephone numbers. Must be emailed to the ADF
This information will be reviewed by a staff committee, and the club will be
notified of its status. Upon approval, the club will be  sent a written  letter
from the ADF and urged to follow the rules and regulations  for sanctioned
shows and matches  available on this website.

How To Form An ADF Sanctioned Dog Club
Making Application To Hold A Sanctioned Dog Show