Through the efforts of some basset hound enthusiasts in Southern California during 1947-1948, an attempt to form a club was made by a few avid enthusiastic Basset Hound fanciers. It wasn’t until the fall of 1951, however, that the Basset Hound Club of California was organized.
In 1953-1954, the Club was recognized by the American Kennel Club and the Basset Hound Club of America, and was officially known as the “Basset Hound Club of Southern California.”
In 1958-1959, the Club was incorporated in the State of California as a non-profit social organization, and membership reached 100. In 1960, our specialty broke all records with 105 entries. In the early 1960’s, membership climbed to 200. 1996 membership exceeded 160, and today membership is approaching 200. BHCSC is the largest regional basset hound club in the U.S.
Currently the BHCSC holds several types of events for purebred basset hounds that are sanctioned by the AKC. They include conformation shows and matches, obedience trials and firld trials. Their website has a Member Breeder list.
1954 First Sanctioned Match. Began donating trophies to all-breed clubs to promote Basset entries.
1955 First Basset Picnic
1957 First Specialty Show in conjunction with Harbor City KD.
1965 First independent Specialty Show. Adopted Code of Ethics.
1969 Club members Ginny Jones and Joan Thurlow prepared study relative to jump-difficulties experienced by Bassets in Obedience Trials, submitted to American Kennel Club on 2/4/69; helped to lower height requirements. First Puppy Sweepstakes held at Specialty.
1973 First Obedience Trial held at Specialty.
1974 First Junior Showmanship classes held at Specialty.
1976 Barbara Dunning and Kati Netzley were first Co-Rescue Chairmen.
2000 Had back-to-back two-day BHCSC Specialty.
2006 Obedience Trials at Specialty opened up to all-breeds; Bassets have first priority in entry.
2009 First Field Trial Match
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A. THE PURPOSE OF THIS CLUB SHALL BE TO ENCOURAGE AND PROMOTE THE OWNERSHIP AND BREEDING OF PURE-BRED BASSET HOUNDS; AND TO DO ALL POSSIBLE TO BRING THEIR NATURAL QUALITIES TO PERFECTION BY WORKING FOR THE CONTINUING IMPROVEMENT OF THE BREED.
B. TO DO ALL IN ITS POWER TO PROTECT AND ADVANCE THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE BREED BY EXAMPLE AND EDUCATION; BY ENCOURAGING SPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT AT DOG SHOWS AND TRIALS; BY COOPERATING WITH SHOW HOLDING ORGANIZATIONS; AND BY OFFERING PRIZES.
THE PURPOSE OF THE
BASSET HOUND CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, INC.
Link to Basset Hound Club of Southern California, Inc. website.