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Old Dominion Kennel Club Overview



The Old Dominion Kennel Club of Northern Virginia, Inc. (ODKC) is a not for profit organization founded in the 1930s to protect and advance the best interests of all breeds of pure-bred dogs and the dog fancy in general, and to promote responsible dog ownership in the Northern Virginia area. The Club is a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Virginia Federation of Dog Clubs & Breeders, Inc.


We are a service organization to the community, to you the exhibitors, and to the dog world. We thank you for your support by participating in our ODKC shows. Proceeds from these programs have been distributed over the many years. Over the years contributions have been made to the Canine Health Foundation, Take The Lead, Loudoun County Accelerant Dog Program, scholarships at VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at VA Tech & the Veterinary Technology Program at No. VA Community College, Loudoun Campus. ODKC has worked with the Fairfax, Loudoun & Clarke, VA County Animal Agencies. Additional organizations receiving financial support are American Kennel Club’s response groups for hurricane and fire disasters, Veterans Moving Forward and K9 ALERT Search and Rescue Dogs, Inc.


The Veterans Moving Forward (VMF) is a non-profit organization. This group provides service, emotional support, or skilled companion dogs to Veterans with physical and/or mental health challenges at no cost to the Veterans. VMF is a local Loudoun County organization. 


The K9 ALERT SAR group is an all-volunteer non-profit organization. At K9ALERT they provide K-9 Search and Rescue services for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the surrounding states on request. They respond to missing person situations in wilderness, rural and urban areas. These have included missing and runaway children, Alzheimer’s and nursing home “walk-aways”, flash floods, suicides, drowning and tornado/disasters.  They are dispatched by The Virginia Department of Emergency Services and are on call 24 hours a day.


ODKC as a member club of the American Kennel Club appreciates their input/support for current dog legislation. ODKC is a contributor/member to the Virginia Federation of Dog Clubs & Breeders, whose continuous work with the Virginia General Assembly on animal legislation is ongoing. The VFBCB provides information and guidance to the State Legislature. These educational and legislative contacts have been successful  and we are pleased to be supporting the Federation. It is up to all of us to participate in activities to support our furry friends.


The Old Dominion Kennel Club held its first dog show on October 17, 1936, at 520 South Washington Street, Alexandria, Virginia.  There were 383 dogs entered representing 43 breeds.  The Best in Show Judge was Mr. Frank Downing. The spring 1961 show was a milestone event with entries topping 1000 dogs, and the Best in Show Judge was Mr. Melbourne T.L. Downing, the son of the first Best in Show Judge in 1936.  The 50th Show in April 1968, saw 1,655 entries; the 60th show in April 1973 has 3, 022 and the April 1987 show set another milestone with 4,522 entries.  The ODKC’s 100th show held in April 1993 hit what was to be the all time high entry with a total entry of 5,438 including 143 different breeds.


Over the years the club has experienced 16 changes of venue.  Sites included Alexandria’s Municipal Ball Park, four area Schools, the Annandale Recreation Center, the Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, Bull Run Regional Park in Manassas, VA,  Morven Park Equestrian Center in Leesburg,VA, the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD, the  Historic Long Branch Plantation in Millwood, VA, and now the Hunt Country Cluster held in Doswell, VA at the The Meadow Event Park.  ODKC is excited about the HCC and its  growing user friendly venue.


The Animal Rights Organizations are working overtime in many ways and down many avenues. It is up to ALL OF US to participate and keep our eyes and ears open as they are well trained and exceedingly well funded due in large part to the gullibility and naiveté of the public. Their groups have worked their way into control of several well-meaning organizations to accomplish their mission.








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ODKC provides dog lovers of registered breeds a comfortable environment for learning, competing, and growing in their chosen breed(s). We certainly welcome volunteer participation for anyone who wants to learn about shows or the organization in general.

Photos Courtesy of American Kennel Club 

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