Dogs Tasmania (Tasmanian Canine Association Inc (TCA Inc)) the organisation which administers all pure-bred canine activities in this State.
These activities include shows and obedience trials, open to all breeds of dogs, and retrieving trials and field trials specifically for the Gundog breeds (Pointers, Setters, Spaniels, Retrievers & Utility Gundogs e.g Weimaraners).
A number of obedience clubs also conduct Tracking Trials, a relatively new discipline to the State.
Dogs Tasmania is a member body of the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC), together with kindred organisations in each state/territory. The ANKC, in turn, is an associate member of the FCI – Federation Cynologique Internationale, the umbrella organisation for most of Europe, South America, most Middle Eastern countries, and the majority of African and Asian countries. The ANKC has close ties with the Kennel Club England, the American Kennel Club and the Canadian Kennel Club.
The first dog show in Australia was held in Hobart Town in 1862 and, when the two organisation in the north and south, each administering dogs in the relevant area of the state, agreed to unite, the Kennel Control Council of Tasmania came into being in 1954 as the state body and, with the implementation of a fully-elected governing Council in February, 1995, the organisation changed its name to become the Tasmanian Canine Association Inc.
Dogs Tasmania has forty-four (44) affiliated clubs, including Agricultural Societies, with the responsibility to conduct shows and/or trials on behalf of Dogs Tasmania. There is a show and/or trial held somewhere in the state each weekend throughout the year.