Sioux Empire Kennel Club

Helping dogs live better lives since 1961

Sioux Empire Kennel Club (SEKC) is an All Breed Club founded in 1961 in Sioux Falls, SD by a group of dog enthusiasts. After permission was granted by the American Kennel Club (AKC) the local group held its first AKC licensed all breed conformation show on September 15, 1962. The SEKC became a member of the AKC in September of 1968 with facilities located in the Sioux Falls Arena.


Upon leaving the Arena, the SEKC  joined with the Sioux City Iowa Kennel Club and the Worthington MN Kennel Club for a combined show held in Vermillion, SD. After a few years, the clubs split and the SEKC returned to Sioux Falls where they continue to hold their annual Fall Show in the Expo Building on the W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds in late October. The first AKC sanctioned obedience match was June 16th 1963 with the first licensed obedience trial held in 1965.  Unfortunately, the exact date is no longer known. 


On September 25, 1998 the club held its first AKC licensed agility trial outdoors at the Fairgrounds. In 2008 the trial was moved to its current home, the Expo Building, on the site of the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. 


Today the club has about 110 dog enthusiasts. Many of our members hold titles in conformation, obedience, agility, rally and field trials.