The Connecticut Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners, Inc. ("CFD") is a statewide organization composed of all breed, obedience and specialty dog clubs and individuals who believe in responsible dog ownership and the general welfare of dogs. 


CFD is a coalition of residents and dog clubs in Connecticut working on the ground to protect the rights of dog owners, trainers and breeders at the state and local levels.  Our rights as responsible dog owners, fanciers and breeders continue to be threatened by "animal rights" advocacy and legislation. The American Kennel Club ("AKC") tracks legislation nationwide that could directly impact our ability to continue to own, breed, exhibit and train our dogs. AKC works hard to protect these rights, but AKC can not do it alone. AKC needs the help of grass root organizations like CFD and the other state federations nationwide. Working together, we can demonstrate that dog owners, trainers and breeders are united in supporting the future of responsible dog ownership, training and breeding. Please join us so together we can work to preserve our right to own, train, breed and exhibit our beloved dogs for years to come.

If you want to apply to be included in the CFD 2015-2016 Canine Resource Guide, please  download and complete the application below and submit it along with the appropriate fees by July 15, 2015. 

 If your action is needed to support or oppose legislation, we will contact you. To find out how to reach those who represent you,  click on the Legislation button above, and then on Contact Your Leglisators.

Remember to check out our Facebook Page (link below) for continuous updates.

Dog Advocacy

We promote the general welfare of dogs and their owners. We love dogs!

We promote responsible dog ownership.

We disseminate information and knowledge regarding dogs and dog ownership.

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Legislative Matters

We actively monitor local, state and national laws and regulations that affect dogs and dog owners.

We participate in the legislative process to promote and protect the interests of dogs and responsible dog owners.

We keep our members informed and encourage them to participate in the legislative process.

TThe 2018 Regular Legislative Session  which convened February 7, 2018 adjourned on  May 9, 2018. 

Thank you to everyone who contacted their  Representatives to voice opposition to onerous bills.  Click on the link below for a Summary of this Legislative Session.


TStacey Ober, AKC Government Relations liaison dedicated to New England,  gave a great presentation at our General Membership Meeting on November 29, 2018.  

Thank you, Stacey! 


 The next Legislative Session in Connecticut is a long session which runs  from January 9, 2019 through June 5, 2019. 

Senate Bill 594