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Who we are

Club Activities

Since 1954, Silver State Kennel Club has been serving the Las Vegas Valley's purebred fancier community as a non-profit, open membership , all breed , and obedience club. Members represent all ages and walks of life, with a common bond of unaminous interest and love of purebred dogs.



How we began

In the Summer of 1954, Joe & Joan Cox ran an ad in the local paper announcing the formation of a dog club to be named "Silver State Kennel Club". Twelve members were present at the first meeting, and dues were just $5.00 per person.

August 25, 1955, was the first recorded meeting held, with minutes taken by Ruth Anderson. November 6, 1955, SSKC held the first Fun Match at City Park with 113 entries.

February 1956 saw the first AKC Sanction B Match, which was held at Cashman Field. In May 1959, SSKC held the first AKC Sanction A Match with all decorations in Marine Blue and Silver. Actor Preston Foster awarded the Best in Match Trophy.

The first SILVER STATE KENNEL CLUB All Breed Show was held on October 15, 1961, under the direction of President Nila Smith. Edgar Moss was the Show Superintendent. A German Shepherd Dog, CH. Ulk Wikingerblut (CH. Troll vom Richterbach x Natja Wikingerblut), owned by Ralph S. and Mary C. Roberts, won Best in Show, and was awarded a Paul Revere Bowl filled with $300 Silver Dollars.

This was our beginning. Though this is obviously not a complete SSKC history to present day, we have attempted to relate, in capsule form, something of the background and progress of our club, and a glimpse of the long years of careful effort that have gone into the making of the one of the pre-eminent kennel clubs in the country.

  • Two annual AKC All Breed Dog Shows

  • Two annual Obedience and Rally Trials

  • All Breed AKC Sanctioned B Match

  • Conformation Handling Class

  • Monthly Club Meetings

  • Special Programs and Seminars

  • Annual Awards Program

  • Special Activities and Events

  • Junior Handling Scholarships

  • Contribute to and support local first responders, K-9 and Service Dog organizations

  • Support and assist local breed rescues and shelters

  • Work with other local organizations to educate and foster responsible dog ownership


Pat Hastings Seminar

Silver State Kennel Club hosted a  Pat Hastings "Structure in Action" seminar and workshop on 9/26/20 -9/27/20.

We were thrilled to bring this learning opportunity to you

Dignity Health Pet Blessing 

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Canine Giving Fund 2018

On behalf of Silver State Kennel Club, Sandy Brannum, co-chair

of the Canine Giving Fund, and Ginger Austin, President,

are happy to present to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue,

at Station 1, a donation of ten pet oxygen mask kits,

containing three sizes of masks in each kit.


It is with great pleasure we are able to make this valuable contribution to help save lives of our beloved animal companions suffering effects of fire and smoke.


Silver State Kennel Club is an all-breed conformation, obedience and rally club. We are a member of the American Kennel Club and are a non-profit organization.


Our main objectives are to conduct an annual AKC All Breed Conformation Show and Obedience and Rally Trial, put on bi-annual handling classes and AKC Sanction B matches, offer educational meetings, seminars, and mentor responsible dog owners interested in the dog fancy. At our annual show, we offer a Junior Handling Scholarship and finance our Canine Giving Fund where contributions are made to help local and nationwide dog related causes.

Canine giving fund 2017
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Metro Doggie Days 2022

 *S​ilver State Kennel Club participated in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and City of Las Vegas Paws with Patrol Doggie Days Community event on 4/30/2022.Thanks to all who stopped by!

At the June 21, 2017 SSKC meeting the Canine Giving Fund presented a donation of $3000.00 to the Henderson Fire Department for the purchase of Oxygen mask kits, two CPR Simulator – CasPer The CPR Dog Manikin which will be used to teach Firefighters and Paramedics from all over the valley the process & procedures to administer CPR to dogs, cats and other animals in need of resuscitation in emergency situations.

Pictured L to R: Judy Shoup, Sharon Kingston, Noah's Founder Staci Columbo Alonso,

Shelter Manager Gennifer Davenport and Sandy Brannum.

Silver State Kennel Club

donates $4000.00 for

canine shields!

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