Today the Piedmont Kennel Club is one of the most successful and unique organizations of its type in the country – one of a handful of kennel clubs with its own property. Indeed the PKC Showplace & Clubhouse, situated in the middle of over 19 acres south of Charlotte, represent the largest such facility among the elite group of clubs that can make such claims.
But the origins of the club were much more modest. Beginning in the early 1930’s a group of mostly sporting dog fanciers began to meet and exchange knowledge and ideas about their hobby. They held matches at various locations around Charlotte, gradually attracting other individuals interested in the sport of dog showing. Shortly before WWII the group took advantage of an opportunity to purchase a barn located on a little over one acre of rural land. The site, several miles south of downtown Charlotte, was on Sleepy Hollow Road, now Tyvola Road (I-77 @ exit 5), an artery that connects Billy Graham Parkway (Charlotte Douglas International Airport area) to the Southpark Mall area.
The founding members used their own donated funds, as well as funds raised by the small group through various events. Little by little the barn was renovated into a fine clubhouse. Members held work parties and picnics as they created a large meeting room with paneled walls, kitchen, restrooms, and a separate room for board meetings. By that time, the Piedmont Kennel Club had already started carving out its niche in the world of dog cubs. AKC licensed shows were being held at places such as the old Radio Building, the old Coliseum (now Independence Arena), and the Park Center, eventually ending up with a more-or-less permanent show site at the Metrolina Fair buildings.During the 1970’s and the 1980’s, as the Charlotte metropolitan area experienced a growth boom, the PKC clubhouse found itself at the corner of a major exit on I-77, with hotels, restaurants, and suburban office buildings being constructed across the interstate.
The club’s property became an object of interest to major developers. Eventually, with the aid of lawyers and a very good friend of the club (a non-dog person), a deal was struck with a group to sell the 1.3 acre site and use the proceeds to purchase a new, larger site on which to construct the club’s own show building. The location was near Carowinds, not far from the South Carolina border. The PKC Showplace & Clubhouse, a former residence, were dedicated in 1987. The first show at the new location – the club’s 76th all-breed dog show – was held on April 2, 1988.We have had all-breed dog shows on our property at 13607 Choate Circle from 1988 to 2015 when the shows moved to Greenville SC to combine resources with the Greenville Kennel Club to host four successful shows in late July of each year.We hold conformation classes taught by Mary Dolde and hope to re-start puppy kindergarten/socialization/manners classes soon. Watch our Classes link and our Facebook page for additional information. If you do not have Facebook, please see our events page and view it there.Our site hosts regular classes and events held by Charlotte Dog Training Club (Obedience, Rally, Agility). CDTC also has a Facebook page found here. Our facilities are available for rent. Please see the bottom of our Club Contacts page for details.
Piedmont Kennel Club rents it’s facilities to groups hosting local, regional and national events. There are facilities for indoor and outdoor events. The building is 90′ x 240′ with a 200′ x 200′ grass area for outdoor events behind it.