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HISTORY of the Kennel Club of Palm Spings

The Club was founded in 1978 by Robert and Lois Waters, Margaret and Fred Young and Major and Beatrice Godsol to educate members and the general public about purebred dogs, to conduct purebred dog activities and to promote
sportsman-like competition at these events.

Our first American Kennel Club licensed show was held at the Palm Springs Pavilion on January 8, 1984, with 2183 entries. Best in Show was judged by Robert Waters. The Show Chairman was Jim Hohe, and Assistant Show Chair was Lilian Barber. The first back-to-back shows were held in January 1994.

Kennel Club of Palm Springs Dog Shows is also known as the New Year Classic and takes place the first weekend in January.  There are four days of conformation shows and also Obedience and Rally competitions throughout the weekend.  The 40-acre venue is located on the Empire Polo field in Indio, California.  KCPS also offers a great selection of vendors.

Membership & Meetings

Kennel Club of Palm Springs is an open membership club with current members in the Palm Springs area, the High Desert and other Southern California locations.  Our members are breeders, exhibitors and companion dog owners devoted to dogs and their welfare.  Prospective members are encouraged to attend meetings to meet the membership and become familiar with the way in which the club operates. 

Contact Toni Johnson at for meeting schedule and location information.

Club Activities & Training Classes

The next series of Obedience classes are planned to begin in the Fall of 2024, exact dates and times to be determined.  Classes are typically held at the Palm Springs Police Dept. at 200 Civic Dr., Palm Springs, CA.  Classes will be conducted in the K9 Training yard on the north side of the Police Department building.  Parking is available by the training yard.    

For information regarding these Obedience classes, contact instructor, Rick Klassen at (760) 402-2603.



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