Dog Clubs and their Health Organizations
The AKC website includes a wealth of information for the general public as well as for the serious fancier. Information is included on recognized breeds, clubs, events, downloadable forms and booklets, Canine Good Citizen tests, public service announcements, and much more.
An offshoot of the American Kennel Club, the Canine Health Foundation is focused on fundraising and health research. Their website has health information by disease and breed, articles and white papers, and information on genetic tests and sponsored research. Links are provided to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and to the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC).
Almost 5,000 members strong, GRCA is made up of 54 local member clubs all over the United States and is the AKC parent breed club for Golden Retrievers. It has a strong focus on health concerns in the breed, and education for members and judges. Their website includes links to local clubs, reports on health research sponsored by the GRCA and the Golden Retriever Foundation, information on committees (such as rescue) and other club business. In addition to many local events held all year long by the member clubs, GRCA annually holds national and regional dog shows, obedience trials, tracking tests, working certificate tests, hunt tests and an annual Golden Retrievers only field trial. The Club also publishes a large bi-montly magazine, the Golden Retriever News.
The GRF is a 501c3 offshoot of the Golden Retriever Club of America. This organization is responsible for funding health research and rescue efforts for the breed