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About us


Established in 1988, Sawnee Mountain Kennel Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the purebred dog and to provide and promote canine education to the community.


  • SMKC is a member club of the American Kennel Club.  

  • Both AKC and SMKC welcome the mixed breed dog into the AKC Canine Partner’s Program. 

  • SMKC offers Obedience and Rally events to all our canine friends.  The club also offers Conformation training classes to both the beginning and experienced handler. 

  • SMKC works with other organizations to keep our members informed of animal welfare and legislation regarding dogs and dog ownership.

  • We welcome visitors to our meetings.  

  • Sawnee Mountain Kennel Club meets the second Wednesday of each month.  We often have short programs by area leaders in dog related subjects.


Come get involved in the exciting sport of dogs, and learn while meeting your dog friends in the North Georgia counties!

Officers 2021


Tammy Roberts


Vice President

John Jones


Maggie Minkiewicz


Kelly Buckner

Board of Directors
Pat Albro
Bill Deily
Rhona Jarman
Chris Merz
Our Philosophy

Our club strives to be active in all phases of community service.  In the past we have donated bullet proof vests for Forsyth County and Lumpkin County K-9 officers.   ​ ​The club has donated a bite suit for Lumpkin County and has distributed a supply of animal resuscitation masks to Cherokee County, Hall County, City of Gainesville, Dawson County and Lumpkin County Fire Departments or First Responders.  Additionally K-9  training suits for Forsyth County, special ballistic and stab proof K-9 vests for the 2 bomb dogs in Hall County, bullet-proof vests and cool vests  for the K-9 dogs in Gainesville, Habersham, White, Dawson,  Lumpkin and Cherokee Counties have been provided for the health and protection of the K-9 officers.


In order to further the mission and dedication of the club to animal assistance, SMKC contributes to community, state and national dog related organizations. Dawson County Human Society, Humane Society of Forsyth County, AHIMSA House, and  breed rescue groups have received support.


The club annually supports the advancements in canine health and research through contribution to AKC Canine Health Foundation, Rabies Challenge Fund, UGA Sundown Surgery Fund, UGA Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Fund, and Tufts Medical Center (Canine Gastric Cancer Research).  


The club is active with Disaster Preparedness and Dog Owner Responsibility education.  SMKC has donated to the AKC Pet Disaster Relief Fund which provides emergency trailers, and supplies for displaced dogs during disasters managed by the emergency management organizations of the states and counties.


Sawnee Mountain Kennel Club continues to support the sport of dogs with owner education programs, health clinics, and promotion of welfare.​​

Our History

The Sawnee Mountain Kennel Club was established in 1988 as a nonprofit organization to the advancement of the pure bred dog and recently with AKC acceptance of the mixed breed dog promotes canine education, health, welfare, and works to protect the rights of all dog owners. ​SMKC became a member of the American Kennel Club in 2007.


As an AKC licensed all-breed club SMKC holds pointed conformation, obedience and Rally events.   The club is a member of the Lake Lanier Cluster and holds two ALL-Breed/ Obedience and Rally Shows yearly. In addition the club also offers Obedience & Rally Events in Cumming, GA.  Conformation classes and  Matches are offered to the public.   ​Each year our members and dog teams that have achieved Titles in Conformation, Companion and Performance sports are recognized.​


Unless indicated otherwise, the Sawnee Mountain Kennel Club meets the second Wednesday each month.  Interested or potential Dog owners are welcome to attend our meeting. 

Please join us for our monthly meeting. Sawnee Mountain Kennel Club
meets the 2nd Wednesday each month.


The meetings are held at the Golden Corral 2025 Market Pl Blvd Cumming, GA 30041 unless indicated otherwise.


PLEASE BE ON TIME to the meeting

Board Meeting 6:30    General Meeting 7:30 pm

Interested or potential Dog owners are welcome to attend our general meeting.


From GA 400 

Head east on US-19 N

Take the GA-20 E exit toward Buford

Keep right at the fork, follow signs for State Hwy 20 E

Merge onto GA-20E/State Hwy 20/Buford Hwy

Slight left at 350 ft

Us any lane to turn left onto Market Pl Blvd

Turn left in 1.0 mile

Turn right 200 ft

From Canton

Head East on E Main St toward E Marietta St

Stay right to stay on E Main St

Continue onto GA-20 E

Turn right to stay on GA-9 S

Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Buford Daam Rd

Turn left onto Market Pl Blvd

Turn left in 0.1 mile

Turn left in 200 ft

From Gainesville

Head northwest on Green St toward Jesse Jewell Parkway SE

Turn right onto Jesse Jewell Pkwy SE

Use left lane to turn left onto E E Butler Pkwy

Turn left onto Washington St NE

Turn right onto GA-53 Connector W/John W Morrow Jr Pkwy

Use left 2 lanes to turn left onto GA-36 W

Use left 2 lanes to turn onto the US 19 S/GA-400 S ramp to Atlanta

Take exit 15 for Bald Ridge Marina Rd towards Cumming

Turn left onto Bald Ridge Rd

Turn right onto Turner Rd

Turn right onto Market Pl Blvd

Turn right in 12 miles

Turn left in 150 ft


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