The Chicago Bulldog Club might be the oldest bulldog club in the United States.The Bulldog Club of Philadelphia covets that distinction, however, claiming to have been founded in 1907 and officially recognized as a member of the American Kennel Club in 1912.
The Chicago specialty club claims it was organized in 1906, but it did not become a member of the AKC until May 12, 1936, a date published in The Bulldogger magazine in 1972.
Mrs. A.R. (Edna) Glass of suburban Northbrook, Ill., a prominent Chicago-area breeder and exhibitor for many years, was listed as first vice president and AKC Resident Agent in 1972, Mrs. Marie Andree of suburban Hinsdale, Ill., served as club secretary.
Other officers in 1972 were: Philip Stonehouse, president and AKC delegate; Herb Grueber, third vice president; and George Fieck, treasurer. The Board of Directors included: Arthur Block, William Gruetter, Harold Kyler, James F. McManus Jr., and Donald Price.
The club was organized to further the breeding and showing of bulldogs and to promote interest in the breed throughout the Midwest. It is the only bulldog club in the state of Illinois. The club’s logo still includes Organized 1906.
The Chicago Bulldog Club, Inc., has held an annual show every year since it was organized, except when the Bulldog Club of America held its annual specialty show in 1933 at the Chicago World’s Fair. The BCA’s National show was hosted by the Chicago Bulldog Club