GRKC Membership


Membership Information

Membership in the Grand Rapids Kennel Club is open to all persons eighteen years of age and older who adhere to the purpose of the club. Our members subscribe to a Code of Ethics and in the interest of good sportsmanship.

If you are interested in becoming an active, working member of the Grand Rapids Kennel Club, contact Membership Chair, Len Podleski. A membership application and sponsorship questionnaires must be completed.

The applicant must attend three meetings and three readings must occur for membership consideration. The primary goal of the Grand Rapids Kennel Club is to serve the needs of the purebred dog owning community in the greater Grand Rapids area of Michigan. While many of our activities are geared toward breeders of purebred dogs, as well as those who participate in American Kennel Club dog shows, the GRKC also endeavors to provide information and services to the general purebred dog owning public. 

To Join Grand Rapids Kennel Club

To join, please complete the following:

  • Two current members must sponsor you and complete the Sponsor Questionnaire
  • Fill out the Membership Application Form
  • Attend 3 of our monthly meetings
  • Pay dues of $10.00 for each individual 
To What Drives Us

Our Mission

The Grand Rapids Kennel Club is an all-breed dog club, and a member of the American Kennel Club dedicated to serving the needs of purebred dog owners by developing positive and rewarding relationships with their dogs. The club’s goal is to protect and advance the interest of dog shows, obedience trials, and rally trials and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at such an event. Grand Rapids Kennel Club also endeavors to provide resources and additional information to the general public related to the health and training needs of their dogs. GRKC members are dedicated to dogs and have an abundance of experience and knowledge in training dogs to be companions, canine good citizens, and successful participants in American Kennel Club events.

GRKC Objectives

To further the advancement of all breeds of purebred dogs.

To encourage and support dog shows, obedience trials, and rally trials under the rules of the American Kennel Club.

To provide educational topics of interest to people that are fond of dogs.

To support responsible dog ownership, training of all dogs for competition and Canine Good Citizenship.

To encourage sportsmanlike competition and uphold the Code of Ethics of the club.

To advance the best interests of the dog and dog fancier in all matters.


GRKC Code of Ethics

The purpose of the Grand Rapids Kennel Club is to protect, preserve, and promote pure-bred dogs.

The Club member shall breed dogs as exemplified for their breed by their official breed standard.

The Club members shall only use for breeding AKC (or foreign) registered adults of stable temperament, physically and mentally sound and devoid of obvious physical and known genetic defects. The fancier who places a puppy shall make themselves available to the person(s) with whom the puppy is placed and shall act in an advisory capacity and provide a health guarantee.

Members shall not sell or donate dogs or puppies to commercial dog wholesalers or retailers, or unethical breeders, nor to any buyer where there is reason to believe that the puppy or dog will not be properly cared for. Further, the breeder shall not buy or sell in litter lots.

Club members shall not use unfair business practices and/or tactics toward the general public or fellow fanciers.

Club members shall conduct themselves in a sportsman-like manner in the show ring and on the show environs. Club members shall be helpful and supportive of one another.