About The Ottawa Kennel Club

Explore the Rich Heritage of Canada's First Kennel Club

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Founded in 1887 by Perley George Keyes and his partner Alfred Geddes, we are the oldest Kennel Club in Canada, boasting a proud history of passion and dedication to the dog community.

The Ottawa Kennel Club is a federal Not-For-Profit Corporation which is a member of and operates under the regulations and directives of the Canadian Kennel Club. Our mission is clear: to provide unwavering support to our members in all aspects of raising dogs, with a special focus on purebred and performance dogs. We are committed to enhancing the canine culture not only in the National Capital Region but also across wider communities.

Whether you’re a seasoned dog owner or new to the world of canine companions, our club is here to support your journey every step of the way!

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President: Larry Surtees
Vice President: Belle Severn
Past President: Sue Fenton
Secretary: Heidi Merkli
Treasurer: Donna Robillard
Directors: Lynn Benson, Benjamin Chin, Kate Darbyshire, Marie-Claire Guindon, Noreena Seery

Show Chair: Lynn Benson (lynnbenson931@gmail.com)
Co-Show Chair: Larry Surtees
Show Superintendent: Larry Surtees (pomkees.151@gmail.com)
Chief Ring Steward: Kathryn Young
Show Committee: Lynn Benson, Larry Surtees, Kathryn Young, Heidi Merkli, Debra McPherson, Kate Darbyshire, Marie-Claire Guindon, Christine Surtees, Peter Crow, Diane Meagher, Michelle Weger, Nabil Ould-Brahim

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Whether you’re looking to compete, learn, or just share in the love for dogs, there’s a place for you in The Ottawa Kennel Club.

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