The novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus is affecting our lives in many ways. We encourage everyone to follow local, state and federal mandates to help mitigate the impact of this disease. Please consult the US Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization web sites for the latest information on the disease and methods for keeping you and your families (human and canine) safe.
Impacts on Dogs & Dog Sports
A letter to BHCA members from President Richard Nance: Letter to BHCA Membership 4-11-20
According to the American Kennel Club, there are no known cases of dogs or other common companion animals being infected by the COVID-19 coronavirus. Owners should continue to follow basic hygiene with their dogs, but no special precautions are necessary. There is certainly no need for a dog to wear a face mask.
For more information please consult the following sources:
Many AKC events are being cancelled due to the closure of sites and mandates against mass gatherings. Please check the AKC Events Cancellation page for the latest information.
To date all BHCA and Member Club events through the end of May 2020 have been canceled either by the host clubs or by direction of the BHCA Board of Directors.
All BHCA member clubs should read the letter from the AKC to clubs about event cancellations and the policy on rescheduling, event fees, etc. You can read the letter here: AKC Letter to Clubs - COVID-19 and Events
AKC Suggested Best Practices During COVID-19
The American Kennel Club has published recommended best practices for holding or attending AKC events during the COVID-19 pandemic. For your convenience we have posted the links below.