Becoming a Member of BHCA

Membership in the Basset Hound Club of America is open to anyone with an interest in promoting the welfare of this wonderful breed. Applicants must be in good standing with the American Kennel Club.

As a member of BHCA, you'll also receive a subscription to Tally-Ho, BHCA's esteemed bimonthly magazine, which contains articles dealing with all aspects of the breed; information about upcoming specialty shows, field trials, hunting tests and performance events; and many color photographs.

BHCA has several membership categories:

SINGLE MEMBERSHIP

Open to all persons 18 years of age and older. Individual members enjoy all the privileges of the Club, including the right to vote and hold office. Requires a completed application for membership, signed Code of Ethics. Annual dues of $45 plus applicable postage for non-US residing applicant, must accompany the application.*

HOUSEHOLD MEMBERSHIP

Open to two persons 18 years of age and older who reside in the same residence. Both persons enjoy all the privileges of the Club, including the right to hold office, but will share one vote. Requires completed application for membership, signed Code of Ethics. Annual dues of $45 plus applicable postage for non-US residing applicants, must accompany the application.*

JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP

Open to persons 17 years of age and under. Junior members are not entitled to vote or hold office, but are entitled to certain other privileges of the Club, as determined by the Board of Directors. Upon reaching his/her 18th birthday, a Junior member must convert to a Single or Family Membership, if he/she wishes to remain in the Club. Requires completed application for membership, signed Code of Ethics. Birthday must be on the application where indicated. Annual dues of $18 plus applicable postage for non-US residing applicant, must accompany the application.*

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

Associate members do not require sponsors at the time of application. Associate members enjoy all the benefits of individual membership, except they cannot vote in elections or hold office. Associate membership is a great way to start out in the Club, allowing you to learn more about the breed and become acquainted with Club members. Annual dues of $45 plus applicable postage for non-US residing applicants, must accompany the application.*

To apply for membership, you'll also need the sponsorship of two current voting members of BHCA. (Associate members do not need sponsors.) Sponsorship forms are included in the Membership Application form, which is available as a PDF download. (If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer, you can click here to download it for free in order to view the Membership Application form.)

So here's all you have to do to apply for membership in BHCA:

  • Read, print, and sign the BHCA MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION.pdf
  • Have your sponsors sign the application form.
  • Make checks and money orders payable to BHCA for dues and additional postage. All checks must be payable in US funds.
Mail check and signed forms to:

Anne Testoni
BHCA Corresponding Secretary
8 Mount Wachusett Lane
Bolton, MA  01740-2014
Phone: 978-779-6154
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* If you reside outside the US, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the correct postage for your country of residence.