Eligibility

Member Eligibility

If you are an Earthdog enthusiast interested in becoming a member of the Western Pennsylvania Earthdog Club you are encouraged to fill out a Membership Application.

There are three types of membership open to all persons 18 years of age and older who are in good standing with The American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes of this club. New applications for Associate membership will be presented and voted upon at regular club meetings. Prospective members will be notified as soon as their applications have been reviewed.

Dog Eligibility

AKC Recognized Earthdog-Eligible Breeds

All dogs six months of age or older from these breeds are eligible to participate in Earthdog Events.

Dogs of these breeds recorded with the Purebred Alternative Listing Program/Indefinite Listing Privilege (PAL/ILP) or dogs with Conditional registration are eligible to participate.

  • Australian Terrier
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Border Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Cesky Terrier
  • Dachshund
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Glen of Imaal Terrier
  • Jagdterrier
  • Lakeland Terrier
  • Manchester Terrier
  • Miniature Bull Terrier
  • Miniature Pinschers
  • Miniature Schnauzer


  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Parson Russell Terrier
  • Rat Terrier
  • Russell Terrier
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Sealyham Terrier
  • Silky Terrier
  • Skye Terrier
  • Smooth Fox Terrier
  • Welsh Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier
  • Wire Fox Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Spayed and neutered dogs are eligible to participate.
  • Monorchid or cryptorchid males are eligible to participate.
  • Dogs with Limited Registration are eligible to participate.
  • Bitches in season are not eligible to participate.
  • Blind and/or deaf dogs may not participate.

My dog is not AKC registered. Can he/she still compete?

Most likely, yes! If you have a purebred dog that cannot be registered with the AKC and have a desire to see what your dog can do in Earthdog competition, a PAL/ILP number is all you need. The Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) program allows unregistered dogs of registerable breeds to compete in AKC Performance and Companion Events, and also specific breeds in the FSSĀ® Program that are eligible for Companion Events.