The CIKC sponsors 2 of the annual 4-day AKC Sanctioned Dog Show Cluster now being held in Decatur the last week of April. Fun Matches are held during the year for those who wish to practice with their dogs in a show-like experience. This year a Match was held following our Sat show April 30th at Progress City and we will be hosting another Match in the fall. The Club offers Conformation Classes or ring practice “Work Nights” three or four times a year for beginning and experienced handlers.These classes are held just North of Urbana, IL in a spacious climate controlled building. Along with these annual events, members of the CIKC assist the local community in finding responsible breeders for that “special dog” by maintaining an on-line Breeder Referral system. CIKC holds programs throughout the year with topics that have included chiropractics and acupuncture for dogs; various breeding & whelping problems; and judges, handlers, and AKC representatives speaking on a variety of topics. The CIKC has an interest in the community. In the past, we have donated funds to the Champaign County Humane Society, the Urbana Dog Park, the Champaign Police K-9 Unit, the U of I Veterinary School and the Champaign County Fairgrounds.
Each year the Champaign Illinois Kennel Club holds a Conformation B Match in the summer/fall to give exhibitors practice with their dogs.
Matches are a fun, relaxed "mini show" where people can bring their puppies or adult dogs and just have a good time with others while practicing their ring skills with their dogs. There are no points earned at a match, but it is great practice and a nice social time for all. Click here to see our Match Flyer.
Responsible Dog Owners Day
In years past, CIKC had a “Responsible Dog Owners Day” information table at the annual Pet Extravaganza Day in Oct at Prairieland Feeds, Champaign, IL. The public event is for people to come and enjoy many different animal related venues, some of which were pony and draft horse rides,Scovall zoo animals, exotic birds, farm animal petting zoo and a tiger exhibit…most of these being rescue organizations. Along with that, they have many different booths for people to stop and learn about all the various animal related organizations that are in the area. CIKC members and their dogs were present there with information about responsible ownership of dogs, and of course member's dogs are more than happy to receive some petting and a few hugs from passer by’s.
It is CIKC’s intention to keep the general public informed on all dog-related government regulations being brought before legislators that may affect many, or all dog owners. In the past CIKC has sponsored an information meeting with discussion Leader: Jean Fisher, CVT, to inform those interested about the then proposed regulations amending the ANIMAL WELFARE ACT to be enforced by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
At this information meeting people had the opportunity to learn more about the content of those regulations and discuss their perceptions with others.
The program was well received by those attending and much was learned about various proposed changes such as potential home inspections, increased costs to small breeders and hobbyists, limits on unspayed female dogs, co-ownership of dogs in other homes, and the ability of a breeder to sell a puppy to another known breed fancier without an in-home-transaction.
Since then, many bills have been proposed and some have gone before the legislators. If you have questions concerning proposed regulations, you may contact CIKC legislative liaison C. Nichols firstname.lastname@example.org
Progress City Cluster Shows...New Buildings in 2014 makes all Rings Indoors and an Extra Grooming Building Too!!
Our two shows once again are being held in conjunction with Mattoon and Sandamac making a four-day cluster at Progress City in Decatur IL. This years cluster was be held April 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th, 2017.
With the addition of three buildings in 2012, the shows were all held indoors with grooming space made available inside also.
With two more buildings erected in the fall of 2013, we then had a grooming building along with grooming space in each of our show buildings. With plenty of RV and exhibitor parking, this site just keeps getting better and better!
For entry information, our cluster superintendent is Roy Jones Dogs Shows.
The CIKC holds a Health Day each year where anyone can bring their dogs for various tests; Heart, Eye, and Hearing along with Vaccinations, Micro-chipping, Chiropractics and various other options and booths for your K-9 companions.
This year's Health Day was Sat, March 25, 2017 at the Dog Training Club of Champaign Urbana's training facility. We were able to offer BAER hearing test certification making this our best Health Day yet! There was a wonderful turn-out and many expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to bring all their dogs to one facility and get all their dog's health needs and testing done at once. Plans are being made to offer this great venue again next year.
Barn Hunt is the new and quickly growing dog sport catching fire across the country! Barn Hunt is based on the traditional roles of many breeds in ridding farms, barns, crop storage areas, and homes of destructive vermin. Some breeds were specifically created to fill this role, and for many of those breeds, Barn Hunt provides their first true opportunity for responsible breeders to test proper working traits in their dogs. Barn Hunt is also open to any dog of any breed or mix who wishes to play the game and can fit through an 18" wide by bale-height tall tunnel. Barn Hunt has titles, levels of increasing difficulty, and championships. Barn Hunt is an independent sport, but titles are recognized by both the American Kennel Club (AKC) and United Kennel Club (UKC). Get more information at: http://www.barnhunt.com/
CIKC in conjunction with the Prairieland Standard Schnauzer Club of Central Illinois will hold 4 Barn Hunt Trials on Sat Sept 23rd, and Sun Sept 24th, 2017 Check here for more info and the premium list: https://www.barnhunt.com/register/event.php?key=2443
Purbreds In The Pink
The Champaign Illinois Kennel Club has been proud of all the exhibitors, owners, judges & spectators that showed up wearing PINK to help celebrate our "PUREBREDS IN THE PINK" over the years. It was wonderful to see the rings flooded with pink in support!
All monetary awards were cash donations to the American Cancer Society in honor of the winning dog. Our Awards Table was full of pink items to browse through and all donations to Pinkie, the Perfect Pup, in celebration of his birthday each year made exhibitors eligible to win a Pink Prize at the end of the day.
Each year birthday treats such as “pink” cake, cookies, and“pink” lemonade were served at Group time.
Take The Lead
In 2016 we supported "TAKE THE LEAD" with an Ice Cream Social and Games following our Saturday show. All proceeds went to Take The Lead. We hope you will all research this wonderful foundation and join us with your contribution to such a great cause! https://www.takethelead.org/