Established in 1898, the United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance-dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. More than 60 percent of its nearly 16,000 annually licensed events are tests of hunting ability, training and instinct. UKC prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events. The UKC has supported the "Total Dog" philosophy through its events and programs for over a century. As a departure from registries that place emphasis on a dog’s looks, UKC events are designed for dogs that look and perform equally well.
The programs at UKC include Obedience
Trials, Rally Obedience Trials, Agility Trials, Weight Pull Events, Drag
Races, Dock Jumping Events, Lure Coursing, Nosework, Total Junior
Program, Coonhound Field Trials, Water Races, Nite Hunts and Bench
Shows, Hunt Tests for retrieving breeds, Pointing Dog Events, Beagle
Events (including Hunts and Bench Shows, and Cur and Feist Squirrel and
Coon Events and Bench Shows). All of these events include classes for altered (spayed/neutered) dogs, so you can show your PET!
In addition to the purebred dog registry,
United Kennel Club offers the Performance Listing program. The
Performance Listing is open to mix bred dogs, purebred dogs of unknown pedigree, purebred dogs with disqualifying faults or breeds not recognized by UKC. Performance listed dogs may compete in all UKC Performance Events and Junior Showmanship.
UKC places so much emphasis on family and children that the Junior class is theeee first class at every show, and no other classes are conducted at that time. Everyone watches and routes for the kids! It is a great place to build a child's confidence! After they show, people go up to them and tell them how well they did. It is a very relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. The judges talk to the exhibitors and extend their knowledge and suggestions.
UKC also does not allow any professional handlers! In comparison, my experience is that AKC judges favoritism of professional handlers over owner handlers on a scale of 1-10 is 1milliion. That is totally eliminated at UKC. The importance is placed on the quality of the dogs.