Japan Kennel Club
Formation1949; 75 years ago (1949)
TypeKennel club
Region served
Official language

The Japan Kennel Club (ジャパンケネルクラブ) is the primary registry body for purebred dog pedigrees in Japan.[1]

It hosts the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) Japan International Dog Show held annually at the Tokyo Big Sight; the event also includes two grooming competitions, with the highest award regarded as the "best in Japan" title.[2][3]

Other than conformation shows, the JKC promotes obedience trials for purebred dogs and confers championship and other titles in obedience and similar competitions; the JKC also certifies and examines groomers, trainers and other dog-related professionals.[citation needed] It also administers tests and certifies rescue dogs,[4] as well as host rescue dog competitions.[5]


The precursor to the organization, the Japan Guard Dog Association (全日本警備犬協会, Zen Nihon keibi ken kyokai) was formed in 1949; this then became the Japan Kennel Club (ジャパン・ケンネル・クラブ, Japan kenneru kurabu) in 1952.[6][7] The Club became a member of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (World Canine Federation) in 1979.[8][7] The Japanese name was amended to Japan keneru kurabu (ジャパンケネルクラブ) in 1999.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Thornton, Frances (June 1993). "Judging the Shiba Inu". Pure-bred Dogs, American Kennel Gazette. 110: 42. That changed in April 1992, when the AKC added the Japan Kennel Club to its primary list of foreign dog registry organizations.
  2. ^ Ito, Masami (30 April 2016). "Heel! A ruff guide to Japan's top dogs". Japan Times Online. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Akiramezu ni torimā Nihon-ichi Kanazawa no Hamada-san" 諦めずにトリマー日本一 金沢の濱田さん [Never gave up (til) Japan's No. 1 groomer, Ms. Hamada of Kanazawa]. Hokkoku Shimbun. 3 April 2019. Archived from the original on 30 August 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019 – via 47News.
  4. ^ Nishikawa, Yūya 西川悠也 (27 October 2017). "Muroran Saitō-san no aiken San ga saigai kyūjo shiken ni gōkaku" 室蘭・斉藤さんの愛犬サンが災害救助試験に合格 [Muroran resident Mr. Saito's dog San passes disaster rescue test]. Muroran Minpo Web News (morning ed.). Archived from the original on 30 August 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019 – via 47News.
  5. ^ "Saigai kyūjoken, sōsaku nōryoku kisou Nishigō de taikai, zenkoku kara 30 tō shutsujō" 災害救助犬、捜索能力競う 西郷で大会、全国から30頭出場 [Disaster rescue dogs compete for search ability, event at Nishigō, 30 dogs from country enter]. Fukushima Minpo News. 20 September 2018. Archived from the original on 2019-08-30. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  6. ^ Skabelund, Aaron (2011). Empire of Dogs: Canines, Japan, and the Making of the Modern Imperial World. Cornell University Press. p. 174. ISBN 978-0-801-46323-5.
  7. ^ a b c JKC (2019). "Enkaku" 沿革 [history]. Japan Kennel Club. p. 174. Retrieved 2019-08-30.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "FCI members and contract partners". Fédération Cynologique Internationale. Retrieved August 29, 2019.