Australian Dog Heritage

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This section contains some uniquely Australian pure breed dog stories.

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Junior Showmanship - a Royal Melbourne Show Initiative

The first 'Australian Canine Turnout (Juvenile Handlers' Classes)' was masterminded for the Royal Melbourne Show 1948. After this Melbourne event, recognised Kennel Clubs throughout the world began taking Junior Showmanship events seriously. The concept of allocating points based on horse dressage events appealed to Kennel Club officials, setting the structure for running classes for juniors at formal pure breed dog ... »» Read more...


VCA Library

The Victorian Canine Association's (VCA ) Library is a unique world class asset. Its collection of books and references ranks up there with the Kennel Club (UK) and the American Kennel Club. More than 15,000 catalogued items now make up this unique collection which consists not only educational material, but also pedigree information. »» Read more...

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Questioning Compulsory Membership

In Australasia, buying a registered pedigree dog is insufficient to enable participation in pure breed activities. In every state of Australia and in New Zealand, it is compulsory to first become a member of your resident State body. These State bodies control the registers of pure breed dogs with each State having their own Constitution, Rules and Regulations. As only ... »» Read more...