Regional Club Formation

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Regional Bernese Mountain Dog Club Formation


Important! A newly formed club should notify AKC, Club Relations, in a letter of its formation, the area served, and its major objectives. It is strongly urged that a regional club, in its early stages of formation, review AKC's "How to form an AKC-Accredited Dog Club." In brief, AKC's process is as follows:

1.   After holding meetings and activities for one year, a club will be eligible to apply for accreditation by AKC.

2.   If granted accreditation by AKC and approved for the holding of match shows, and/or trials and tests, the club after having held one successful "B" match would be eligible to officially support the entry at an all-breed show.

3.   The granting of a license and the authority to hold championship events requires for a specialty club B (OB) matches over a period of at least 18 months between the first and last event. Following the completion of the club's program of B (OB) matches, the club may submit to AKC a request for advance for the hold of Plan A (OA) matches preparatory to licensing.

AKC's "How to Form an AKC®-Accredited Dog Club" can be downloaded at:

  • To order "How to Form an AKC®-Accredited Dog Club", contact the AKC at:

    • The American Kennel Club Order Desk
      8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100
      Raleigh, NC 27617-3390
      Tel: (919) 233-9767
      Fax: (919) 816-3627
      If you would like a hardcopy version of any of these booklets, please check out the AKC Online Store.
  • To discuss with AKC formation of a dog club or AKC-Accreditation, contact Club Relations at 212-696-8207 or write Club Relations, The American Kennel Club, 260 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016.


If for some reason a club dissolves, it is to notify AKC and the BMDCA in writing. Dissolution should be in accordance with the constitution and bylaws of the regional club so doing.

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