BKC Informational Events

Annual Wisconsin Dog Fair (November)

The Wisconsin Dog Fair promotes responsible pet care. Our objective is to produce an educational event for both veteran and prospective dog owners. Over 100 breeds are on exhibit in addition to seminars, breed parades, performance demonstrations, parade of rescued dogs, vendor booths, and much, much more.

Dairyland Classic

The BKC/Janesville-Beloit Kennel club co-sponsored annual all breed dog show and obedience trials (May) More than 1000 dogs, representing over 100 breeds, are shown each day in conformation and obedience. The day-long competitions begins at 8:00 a.m.

The public is encouraged to attend all activities during the annual weekend event since it’s a great opportunity to see a wide variety of purebred dogs and talk to dog owners and breeders. Information on how to keep your dog healthy, training information and a wide variety of hard-to-find dog-related items will also be available from the many available vendors.

Helpful Links

AKC’s – A Beginner’s Guide to Dog Shows

AKC’s – Showing your own dog in Conformation Shows

The Actual Dog Show’s: What Happens at a Dog Show? (good general information about dog shows.)

AKC’s Dog Show Etiquette for the Spectator

Purebred Rescues

The purpose of a purebred rescue program is to take in stray, abandoned, relinquished and/or impounded purebreds; to provide them with foster care, health and temperament screening; to nurture them and offer an opportunity for rehabilitation; to spay or neuter them; and eventually to place the rescued purebreds in new homes.

Why get a rescue dog?

Purebred rescue organizations are made up of folks who care deeply about their breed, and who are experts in all matters concerning their breed – i.e. the breeds strengths and weaknesses, health issues, best training methods, grooming how-tos, temperament, etc. Because of this, they are well-equipped to analyze, rehabilitate and place each dog in the type of home that is best for the individual dog.

Rescue organizations are careful to screen prospective homes, sometimes including follow-up inquiries and visits, and do their utmost to make the best match between a dog and an adoptive family.

If you are interested in a purebred who can become a loving pet, and you do not intend to show or breed your dog, you may want to give a rescue dog a second chance for a safe and loving home.

Is there a cost involved?

Yes. Most rescue organizations require an adoption donation to defray the costs of fostering and rehabilitating the dog, which can vary depending on the circumstances.

Need more information?

Almost every breed recognized by the American Kennel Club has a formal rescue operation. For on-line references, the AKC maintains a page called the National Breed Club Rescue Network where you can find the national contact persons for referral to purebred dog rescue contacts in your area. Some listings have email accounts and homepages. To request a paper copy of the AKC’s National Breed Club Rescue Network, or for additional general information regarding purebred rescue, write the AKC Library at:

51 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010.

Recommended Reading

“The Adoption Option: Choosing and Raising the Shelter Dog for You,” Eliza Rubenstein & Sharl Kalina, Howell Book House, ©1996

“Second-Hand Dog,” Carol Lea Benjamin, Howell Book House, ©1988

“Save that Dog! Everything You Need to Know About Adopting a Purebred Rescue Dog,” Liz Palika, MacMillan General Reference, ©1997

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