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Welcome to the

Holyoke Kennel Club, Inc.

The Holyoke Kennel Club is an all-breed dog club in western Hampden County, Massachusetts. We are a member club of the American Kennel Club.  We are one of the oldest kennel clubs in Massachusetts.


Holyoke Kennel Club, Inc., is involved in two clusters of AKC dog shows held at the Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA -- the Yankee Classic Cluster held in July and the Thanksgiving Classic Cluster held in November.  Along with our all- breed shows, we hold obedience and rally trials.


Membership is open to all persons who are in good standing with the American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes of the club. While membership is unrestricted as to residence, the club’s primary purpose is to be representative of the breeders and exhibitors in Western Hampden County, MA.


Annual dues are $15.00 per member and MUST accompany the application. Each applicant for membership must be introduced to the General Membership of the Club at a regularly scheduled meeting and is mandatory at a Club meeting prior to that applicant being voted on for membership. Click PDF below for Club Application.


For more information, please contact Jane Wilkinson, Club Secretary at: or

413) 733-8452

Jane Wilkinson

15 Victoria Street

Springfield, MA 01104



Longmeadow PD NEWS
Newest Officer K-9 Reuben

The Longmeadow K-9 Unit would like to announce the addition of our newest Officer K-9 Reuben! Don’t worry K-9 Kai isn’t retiring yet! He will continue to work his shifts and keep our town safe until K-9 Reuben is fully trained. K-9 Kai would like you to know that he appreciates all the support you have given him over the last 7 years and he promises to teach his new brother the ropes. A formal announcement will be made when K-9 Kai plans to retire. Stay tuned.


Now let’s meet K-9 Reuben! Reuben is a 1.5 year old German Shepherd. He was purchased through Coaching 4 Paws in Connecticut where he was born and raised. When looking to continue our program Chief Stocks said “find me Kai 2.0”. Mission accomplished! Try not to get Kai and Reuben confused….Reuben has far less gray in his beard! Stay tuned for updates as Reuben begins his training.


The continuation of our program could not have happened without the several generous donations we have received.
The Longmeadow K-9 unit applied for and received a grant through Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog. Mass Vest-A-Dog is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to Police dogs in Massachusetts through funding towards bulletproof vests, essential equipment, funding for training, and purchases of dogs.
A special thank you to Kevin Moriarty of Moriarty's DogTown Professional Dog Training in East Longmeadow for making an introduction to the Holyoke Kennel Club, who with their sponsorship, made it possible to continue our K-9 program.


The Holyoke Kennel Club, Inc. made a generous donation towards the purchase of a new K-9. After receiving this donation, they also sponsored the Longmeadow K-9 Unit through the American Kennel Club to receive additional funding through the AKC Reunite Adopt A Cop program. This program provides matching funds to help offset the cost of purchasing a new K-9 and making the process of extending our program a reality. We want to extend a huge thank you to Chris Sweetwood, ambassador of this program, for his guidance in helping us achieve our financial goal to purchase K-9 Reuben.
Welcome to the Longmeadow Police Department K-9 Reuben!





Thank you...

We hope you were able to enjoy our shows the past year.  Results for the entire Yankee Classic Cluster - all conformation, obedience, rally, and puppy competitions are posted on the website.  Congratulations to all those who did well.

The Yankee Classic Cluster

 July 5 - 9, 2023


Holyoke Kennel Club's Conformation Show

Sunday, July 9, 2023

The Yankee Classic Cluster will be held on July 5 - 9, 2023 in the Better Living Center at the Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA.  Holyoke Kennel Club's conformation show will be held on Sunday, July 9, 2023.  Holyoke Kennel Club will also hold five obedience and rally trials during this period.  The obedience and rally trials will be held in the Better Living Center.  We are hoping to add the opportunity for exhibitors to achieve titles in Trick Dog, CGC, and Temperament Testing. 


The Eastern States Exhibition offers plenty of parking, an air-conditioned building with available electricity, and no stairs to climb!!  RV parking is also offered on site.


The club's members involved in putting together the Yankee Classic Cluster - Naugatuck Valley KC, Kenilworth KC of Connecticut, Farmington Valley KC and Holyoke KC - are working on the premium lists.  Once completed they will be available on and AKC Events Calendar.

Officer K-9 Reuben and K-9 Kai.

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