Kennel Club of Palm Springs, Inc.

Kennel Club of Palm Springs, California,  is very proud of our annual AKC Licensed All Breed Dog Shows, Obedience and Rally Trials held the first weekend in January at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. This prestigious show is considered the opening event of the dog show year on the west coast.  We also sponsor basic obedience classes at the City of Palm Springs Canine Training Ground twice a year.

Press Release

American Kennel Club, Inc.

Specialty Show Chairs

Group Show Chairs

Prospective Judges

July 20, 2020

It is with deep sadness that the Kennel Club of Palm Springs, Inc., (KCPS) announce the cancellation of the New Year Classic scheduled for January 7-10, 2021.


Due to uncertainties of the COVID-19 spread in California, ever changing Centers for Disease Control (CDC) protocols, and last-minute governmental closures, we found it impossible to provide a safe, healthy, enjoyable, and quality show experience you have come to expect from KCPS. The health and safety of our exhibitors and visitors are our top priority.


This decision did not come easy. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your continued support of KCPS. We look forward to welcoming you back to our shows scheduled for January 6-9, 2022.

Be safe and stay healthy!


John Low- President

Gloria Toussaint- Show Chair

Trish Williamson-Specialties Chair and Coordinator

KCPS Members


Our next 9 weeks beginning Obedience Classes will not start on October 14, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Palm Springs Police Canine Training Center, 200 South Civic Drive These classes have been cancelled due to Covid-19.  Our next Obedience Classes are scheduled to start the the second Tuesday in February 2021.  Any updates will be posted here.

More About Kennel Club of Palm Springs


Kennel Club of Palm Springs is an open membership club with current members in the Palm Springs area, the
High Desert and other Southern Californian locations. Our members are breeders, exhibitors and pet owners
devoted to dogs and their welfare. Prospective members are asked to attend meetings in order to get to know the
membership and the way in which the club operates. Our members are expected to help at our annual dog shows and may not show in conformation at those shows.


Our meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Mizell Center in Palm Springs at 7:00 PM.  Well behaved dogs are welcome. There are no meetings in July or August and the December is a Holiday party usually held in a different location.  Please contact our membership Chairperson for more details                                                 .


Organized 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.

Kennel Club of Palm Springs is very proud of our annual AKC Licensed All Bred Dog Shows, Obedience and Rally Trials held the first weekend in January at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. This prestigious show is considered
the opening event of the dog show year on the west coast. 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 have been listed among the five largest shows in the country by AKC for quite a number of years, most of those as the largest. There are now several group shows, plus sixteen or more breed specialties during the two days preceding our all-breed shows, resulting in majors galore. The New Year Cluster is the first weekend of January. Separate Obedience training classes are held during the fall, winter and early spring, at the Palm Springs Police Department. For other information, please contact                           , President

of KCPS.                                     .

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