From the time of its beginnings
in 1886, the New Zealand Kennel Club was an
affiliation of clubs and remains so to this day.
Presently, the Club now has more than three hundred
societies associated with, affiliated to, and
recognized by it. These societies are sorted out by
position and by the activity they fulfill.
Clubs that want to be affiliated with the NZKC
should be geographically based, All Breeds Show
clubs, and set-up well. These clubs are considered
senior clubs and during conferences are entitles to
a direct vote.
There are different
kinds of clubs that can be associated with the
One type is called a Show Club wherein a club cannot qualify
for affiliated status because it is a new All Breeds Clubs
or it does not fulfill all the requirements necessary to
become a full fledged affiliated club such as Multi breed
Clubs, Group Clubs, and Specialist Breed Clubs which
specialize in one breed only.
Others are Obedience Clubs (which cater to All Breed
Clubs and is geographically based and caters to all
breeds), Combined Obedience and Show Clubs (clubs
registered under the regulations of Dog Training
which are specialist breed clubs), Agility Clubs
(clubs which are either specializing only in agility
or are Associated Obedience Clubs which have been
sanctioned to give training in agility), and
Recognized Clubs which cater either to minority
breeds (recently established clubs) or clubs that do
not provide dog training or show.
societies of the NZ Kennel Club are expected to have
their own constitutions on paper.
These constitutions must be sanctioned by the Kennel Club of
New Zealand as must any changes to them.
As an accredited member of the NZ Kennel Club, a club is
limited to act only as allowed by the Rules and Regulations
of the New Zealand Kennel Club and the status of the club
consistent to those rules and regulations. It is limited to
do those acts only allowed by its charter and the laws of
The Kennel Club introduced in 1976 a second concept
of membership to the club, Introducing Individual
Membership. This entailed that before individuals
could perform certain acts they must also be part of
the New Zealand Kennel Club. Individuals must be
registered members of the NZ Kennel Club in order to
register a dog with the NZ Kennel Club, renew or
register a Kennel Name, enter a dog at an Open Show,
Championship, or subject a dog at any Open Obedience
Test, Championship, or any Agility Event, be a Judge
of the New Zealand Kennel Club, be a representative
to the Annual Conference, be a part of the Executive
Council, or hold an executive position in any
Associated or Affiliated Society.
Members of the Club are directly required to abide by the
Rules and Regulation of the Kennel Club and are personally
subject to the corrective provisions of the Club. They are
furthermore held responsible for the injudiciousnesses of
the animal trainer of any of their dogs.