January is always a great time of year for dog lovers here in the Coachella Valley. Kicking off with an all- breed dog show on January 3 and 4, 2013 will be the Palm Springs Kennel Club’s annual canine extravaganza followed by specialty shows on January 5 and 6. Once again they have been nominated as one of the top five dog shows nationwide. If they when it will be their second big win having also won in 2004.
With an exquisite venue at the beautiful Empire Polo club in Indio the outdoor show site couldn’t be better. January always promises fabulous weather so look for record attendance at this ever popular event. The Palm Springs history of the kennel club dates back to 1984 and is a well-established tradition in the Coachella Valley. PS KC always welcomes local and out-of-town enthusiasts. With luxury lodging options all across the Valley visitors love to come for the show and stay for their world-class spas and nightlife.
Obedience and rally trials will precede this show by a couple of days. Fall and winter always feature obedience training classes usually held at the Palm Springs please Department and given by the club. Each year over 3600 entries draw fun and excitement to the Palm Springs area. Everyone’s favorite breed is down to be represented. On Thursday as the show opens, look for the California English Setter Club: the Southern California Beagle Club: San Diego Rhodesian Ridgeback Club: Boxer Club of San Diego: Los Angeles Doberman Pinscher Club: Newfoundland Club of America: Chinese Crested Club of Southern California: and Shih Tzu Fanciers of Southern California.
On Friday specialty breed group shows will include the Southern California Sporting Dog Fanciers: the inland Empire Hound Club: the Borzoi Club of California and Greater San Diego Whippet Association: the Desert Empire Terrier club: Toy Dog Breeders Association: Sand to Sea non–Sp. Association: and the Boston Terrier Club of San Diego County.
The Palm Springs dog show was first organized in 1978 by Robert and Lois Waters, Margaret and Fred Young, and major and Beatrice Godsol. Their original purpose was to educate members of the club and the general public regarding purebred dogs, as well as to engage in activities with their value cat and give the general public more information about Purebred canines.
Members are breeders, exhibitors, and pet owners who are lovingly dedicated to their dogs and the betterment of pet welfare locally. The January dog show promises to be an exciting and fun filled family event for anyone who “must” love dogs!