History & Purpose

The Sporting Dog Association of Arizona (SDAA), formed in March of 2007, was sanctioned by the American Kennel Club in August of 2009 to hold its first point show. Prior to being approved by AKC, SDAA held several fun and AOA matches, participated in a “Meet the Breeds” event, and steadily increased in size to over 70 members, becoming one of fastest growing dog clubs in Maricopa County.

The Sporting Dog Association of Arizona, a not for profit corporation, is dedicated to furthering the advancement of all purebred sporting breeds by conducting licensed and sanctioned dog shows, performance events, matches and other special sporting dog events under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club, and to educating judges, fanciers, and the general public about purebred sporting dogs. We have members interested in Field, Obedience, Agility, and Conformation.

SDAA had its first conformation match in Sept 2007 with an entry of over thirty. We participated in the Superstition/Scottsdale “Super Match” and had seven tents used for meeting the breeds! Three hundred forty nine entries competed in our seventh annual Sporting Group Show held in conjunction with the Heart of the Desert Classic Shows January 2016. In 2014, the SDAA’s Inaugural Hunt Test drew participants from nine Sporting breeds, with a total entry of 28 and continues to be one of our club’s annual hunt test event.

In order to further interest in Sporting Dogs, mentors for specific Sporting Breeds are listed in The Breeds section of this website.