In May of 1993, eighteen dedicated enthusiasts from all areas of the United States and Canada welcomed Herr Claus Kiefer, then President of the Deutsch Kurzhaar Verband (DKV) in Germany, to Michigan to meet and form the North American Deutsch Kurzhaar Club (NADKC).
As an affiliate club of the Deutsch Kurzhaar Verband, (DKV) the German Shorthair Association of Germany and the Jagdgebrauchshundverband, (JGHV) hunting dog association in Germany, the NADKC supports these goals: to promote and improve the Deutsch Kurzhaar (German Shorthair) in accordance with the principles originated by the DKV; to provide cooperative, trainable Deutsch Kurzhaars for the foot-hunter, developed through breeding programs as set forth by the DKV; to sponsor and participate in events which are designed to evaluate all hunting qualities, temperament and conformation of the Deutsch Kurzhaar and other versatile hunting dogs; to familiarize hunters with the history, use and characteristics of the Deutsch Kurzhaar; to support the efforts of other versatile hunting dog breeding and testing organizations; and promote through the education of club members, the importance of wildlife preservation.
We embrace the German breeding regulations and realize that their testing system is the most consistent and best method to predict and measure the breeding worth and usefulness of a practical, versatile gun dog–and that is what we strive for.
It the firm belief of the NADKC that the versatile gun dog movement in North America is only in its infancy. We see the German registered and tested DK as the epitome of the breed. We embrace the German breeding regulations and realize that their testing system is the most consistent and best method to predict and measure the breeding worth and usefulness of a practical, versatile gun dog–and that is what we strive for. In order to qualify for the privilege to be bred, dogs must be evaluated in temperament, conformation and be successful in hunting tests. This assures the buyer that puppies from NADKC, DKV and/or JGHV tested parents have been bred from dogs with proven hunting abilities and temperament, as well as conformation.
All that is asked of a new member is dedication to the Deutsch Kurzhaar and a desire to own a dog with the versatile qualities and ability to serve all the needs of the hunter. Upon joining the NADKC, you will receive our quarterly newsletter and club decal, along with a copy of an English translation of the testing and breeding regulations of the DKV. Most importantly, you will join with the family of Deutsch Kurzhaar lovers who wish to promote and improve the breed as it is intended to be, a superior versatile hunting dog who can and will do it all with cooperation, drive, intelligence, beauty and devotion to his hunting partner...YOU!