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Lancaster Kennel Club, Inc.

100 Years

Founded As The Lancaster County Dog Protective Association In 1920 





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Lancaster Kennel Club, Inc.


We are a dedicated group of pure-bred dog lovers in the greater Lancaster area. Lancaster Kennel Club, Inc., LKC, is a not-for-profit all-breed club consisting of owners, breeders, and exhibitors of all breeds of pure-bred dogs. Originally organized as the Lancaster County Dog Protective Association in 1921 to promote canine education for the community of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, LKC has served dog lovers for over 100 years. Incorporation as Lancaster Kennel Club occurred in 1945.


Lancaster Kennel Club has awarded over $100,000.00 in Scholarships to Veterinary and Veterinary Technician Students attending Institutions such as University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech School of Veterinary Medicine, and Harcum Junior College to name a few.


Latest News: News is updated frequently. Bookmark us and stop by often!

Judging Programs For The Celtic Classic Now Available

Find out when and where your favorite breeds will be judged by accessing the Judging Programs available on the Jim Rau Dog Shows website here

18 Vendors will be present in the Arena for the five days of the Celtic Classic Cluster. Some favorites return and new ones will be on hand. To view the list of vendors, visit the Celtic Classic website here

LKC Recognized As Centennial Club By AKC

AKC recently recognized LKC as a Centennial Club for being in existence and affiliated with AKC for over 100 years. Originally formed as the Lancaster County Dog Protective Association in 1920, our name changed in 1945 when incorporated as Lancaster Kennel Club. To view some news stories from our early days, please visit our Facebook page here

LKC To Hold Fast CAT Trials - June 30 - July 2, 2023

LKC will hold its first Fast CAT Trials June 30 - July 2, 2023 at Lampeter Fire Company, Lampeter PA. Stay tuned right here for premium updates.

Celtic Classic At York Expo Center - March 15-19, 2023

The Premium for the Celtic Classic Cluster is now available. Deadline is March 1. Please visit the Celtic Classic website for all pertinent information, Click here

2023 LKC Calendar of Events

Please visit our Calendar Page to view LKC's Schedule of Events for 2023. General Membership meetings are open to the public. To view, Click here

2022 LKC Supports The Lancaster County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit

As part of LKC's Annual Responsible Dog Ownership Day on September 18, Corporal Cole and K-9 Officer Ragnar put on a demonstration for the public in attendance. Corporal Cole shared with the public what Ragnar's duties are, how he was trained, and how he is part his family when off duty. Lancaster Kennel Club members also made a $200 donation to support the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit. Photos of the Corporal Cole and Ragnar's demonstration are available to view on our Facebook Page by clicking here

2022 LKC Holds Annual Responsible Dog Ownership Day (RDOD)

RDOD is the American Kennel Club's nationwide initiative to educate the public about the importance of being a responsible dog owner and celebrates the deep bond between humans and their canine companions. Local AKC clubs across the US hold events to mark this initiative throughout the month of September. LKC held its RDOD as part of the Amos Herr Community Fair on September 18 at Amos Herr Park in Landisville, PA. Members presented a scent work and an agility demonstration as part of the event. Corporal Cole and K-9 Officer Ragnar of the Lancaster County Sheriff's Department also performed a demonstration. A donation of $200 from LKC members was presented to Corporal Cole and Ragnar as well. Finally, "Meet the Breeds" was held to close the event with 16 different breeds owned by members available for the public to meet up close and personal. Scenes from the day can be viewed on our Facebook page by clicking here

LKC Members Hold "Meet The Breeds" At Donegal Rotary Dog Fest - Saturday, May 21

LKC Members and their dogs attended the 1st Annual Donegal Rotary Dog Fest on Saturday, May 21 at East Donegal Township Chickies Creek Day Use Area. All proceeds from the event benefited a variety of local canine charities. You can view photos of the event on the LKC Facebook here. You can find out more about the Donegal Rotary Club here

2022 Celtic Classic Winner Photos Now Available

Visit the Celtic Classic website to link to the Official Photographer's Websites here

2022 Celtic Classic Vendor Listing - Support Our Vendors!

17 Vendors will be at the Celtic Classic. They will all be set up in the Arena. To view the vendor list visit here

AKC Canine Related Materials Available For Downloading

The AKC publishes a myriad of brochures, pamphlets, and reproducibles that available for downloading on their website. There are even materials geared for children of all ages. To download, visit here


LKC In The News and Event Photos

The 23rd Annual Red Rose Classic held in 1968 was recently featured in the LNP Sunday News' "Lancaster That Was" May 13 column. See the article and some junior handler photos here

Club Objectives:

  • To further the advancement of all breeds of purebred dogs.

  • To protect and advance the interest of all breeds of purebred dogs and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog show and obedience trials. For an excellent essay on Sportsmanship, see this excellent piece by Gregory Alden Betor , an AKC judge.

  • To conduct sanctioned matches, dog shows and obedience trials under the rules of the American Kennel Club.

General Meeting

Second Wednesday of February, April, August & October unless noted on Calendar Page
6:30 P.M.- Open To The Public
Manheim Township Public Library
Morgan Room B
595 Granite Run Drive
Lancaster, PA 17601



Board Meetings

First Monday of odd numbered months unless noted on Calendar Page
6:30 P.M. - Members Only

Manheim Township Public Library
Morgan Room B
595 Granite Run Road
Lancaster, PA 17601



Please make a note of our postal address —
Lancaster Kennel Club, Inc.
P.O. Box 7511
Lancaster, PA 17604-7511


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