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.


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.

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.


Thank you for taking the time to contact your Legislators regarding the following bills:

April 2016: CFD and AKC oppose SB 228 and HB 5344, and urge all concerned Connecticut breeders and owners to contact their legislators and respectfully urge them to oppose these bills.  

Click the link below for a status report on this proposed legislation.

Important News


The  next Board Meeting of the Federation will be on Thursday, January 5, 2017. If you have any topic you would like the Board to consider, or if you are aware of any proposed legislation, regulations, rules or ordinances of which the Board should be aware, please contact one of the Officers or Trustees.