Victorian London - Entertainment and Recreation - Societies - Kennel Club

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Kennel Club, 29a, Pall Mall, endeavours in every way to promote the general improvement of dogs, dog-shows, and dog trials. The election of members is vested solely in the committee, and is made by ballot, three members of the committee being a quorum at such ballot, and two black balls excluding. Entrance fee, 5 5s.; subscription, 5 5s. Any member violating the rules and regulations of the club for the time being in force, is liable to be expelled b the committee; and any member of the club who shall be proved to the satisfaction of the committee to have in any way misconducted himself in connection with dogs or dog-shows, or to have is any way acted in opposition to the fundamental rules and principles upon which the club has been established, or in any other manner which would make it undesirable that he should continue to be a member, is to be requested to retire from the club; and if a resolution to that effect shall be carried by three-fourths of the committee present at the meeting duly summoned to consider the case, the member so requested to retire thenceforth ceases to be a member of the club, as if he had resigned in the usual course, and his subscription for the current year is returned to him. No member of the club shall, under any circumstances, knowingly, either enter, or exhibit a dog, or dogs, at any competition under a false name, age, pedigree, breeder, or description. The rules of the club as to dog-shows, field-trials, &c,, which have been very carefully framed, may be obtained on application to the secretary.

Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879

Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Dog Show at The Crystal Palace

Dog Show at The Crystal Palace - photograph


Paxton's great building at Sydenham is admirably adapted for big exhibitions such as the annual Dog Show of the Kennel Club. The animals are benched all along the nave, which is 1,608 feet long; and even this space is insufficient for all the competitors, while there is plenty of room in the Central Transept for the judges rings, one of which is shown in our picture. Moreover, the Palace is light and airy, and the barking of the dogs is not so deafening here as in smaller buildings. To these shows the best bred dogs in the country are sent, of almost every known variety, and to win a prize in such company is praise indeed. The Kennel Club, which was founded in 1874, has much the same authority in the "doggy world" that the Jockey Club exercises on the Turf.