The American Kennel Club Coonhound Youth Program is part of the Coonhound
Events Department and the AKC Junior Organization, providing coonhound fanciers
like you the opportunity to compete in Bench Shows, Nite Hunts, Field Trials,
and Water Races in an environment that is fun, fair, and feasible. These events
allow you to show off your coonhound's potential and have fun in the process!
No firearms are permitted, nor is any game taken in the course of the events.
Coonhound event rules provide a scoring system that evaluates the dog's
performance in competition with other dogs, making competition exciting for you
and your dog.
As the largest and most respected purebred dog registry in the world, the
American Kennel Club has a lot to offer. The AKC Coonhound Youth Program is
here to help you get the most out of your experience with your coonhound,
whether you are just starting or have been competing since you could say
"strike." We provide you with opportunities to compete against other
youth and be recognized on local and national levels.
When you sign up for the AKC Coonhound Youth Program, you become part of the
AKC Junior Organization, which gives you an identification number to make sure
you get recognition for all of your wins. Not only can you use this number to
get credit for coonhound event competition, but you can also use it for
recognition in any of the other AKC performance and companion events, such as
obedience, agility, tracking, hunting tests, field trials and more.
Want to get started? Here are a few general rules:
- You must be
17 years old or younger.
- You must
either be enrolled in school or have completed all graduation
- Your dog must
be eligible for entry in AKC Coonhound Events. (What does this mean?)