Founded in 1966, the Mission Trail Poodle Club supports all aspects of this versatile breed. We were the first AKC Poodle Club to hold an AKC Agility Trial (July 14, 1996) and the first to hold a field test for the Working Certificate/Working Certificate Excellent award (October 27, 1996) through the Poodle Club of America (PCA).
The club name is taken from the "Mission Trail" of the Spanish Jesuit mission sites along the California coast which were established in the early days of exploration of the area (1700s).
Mission Trail Poodle Club has several goals. They are:
- to encourage and promote the breeding of pure-bred poodles and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection;
- to urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the AKC as the only standard of excellence by which poodles should be judged;
- to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and obedience and agility trials, and any other events poodles may enter;
- to conduct licensed specialty shows and obedience trials;
- to operate for social, recreational and educational purposes, and for the prevention of cruelty to animals;
- to encourage members to donate time and/or money to organizations that promote the health and welfare of poodles and other dogs: CERF, Seeing Eye Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Therapy Dogs, PRA Research, VIP, Poodle Rescue, etc.
Poodle Club of Central California was founded in San Francisco in the late 1950s, during a period when Poodles were one of the most popular breeds of dogs. There was no problem reaching membership numbers that convinced the American Kennel Club to approve this club to offer sanctioned matches and then licensed specialties.
From the beginning, both Conformation and Obedience classes have been offered at all P.C.C.C. matches and specialties, and the club has been fortunate to have member judges approved for both types of competition who have encouraged competition in Conformation & Obedience events to spotlight the abilities of the Poodle. Two members, Beverly Cobb & Jacklyn Hungerland were also instrumental in persuading the American Kennel Club to allow Poodles to participate in Hunting Trials and earn specific titles in Hunting events.
The first specialty was held in San Francisco on January 15, 1960. Harold Ringrose was President, Dolly Trauner (founder of CERF) was Secretary, and Jacklyn Boyd Hungerland was a Director and Chief Ring Steward. Included among owners of the 184 dogs entered were some names that will be familar to readers of Poodle history: Beverly Goebel Cobb, Frank & Susan Dale, Margaret Durney, Phyllis Tworuk Greer, Lois Nurmi, Rita & Ed Perko, Tom & Ann Stevenson - to name a few. Since there were a few years when PC.C.C. held two specialties, our landmark 50th Specialty was held on October 21, 2006, on the grounds of the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.
We are now part of a strong Poodle weekend, offering two specialties sandwiched between a Skyline Dog Fanciers of San Mateo County’s all-breed show and Del Valle Dog Club's two all-breed shows (largest all breed shows in the U. S.). Poodle Club of Central California is a member club of Poodle Club of America, and has hosted two Regional Specialties for PCA, in 1975 and 1983.
The Poodle Club of Southern California is dedicated to the promotion of the Poodle breed, and the education of Poodle enthusiasts everywhere.
Our Poodle club was established in 1939, and we are the oldest affiliate club of the POODLE CLUB OF AMERICA. Our club meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month and the location varies. Please contact Madeline Patterson at 805-529-7405 for details each month. Visitors are always welcome.
At our program meetings, we discuss various topics relating to dogs in general and Poodles in particular. We have recently enjoyed grooming demonstrations, first aid and CPR demonstrations, veterinary discussions and many different forms of dog performance events such as Agility, Rally, and Doggie Dancing to name a few. We also educate on breeding issues, rescue, conformation exhibiting and various activities relating to the American Kennel Club. We welcome suggestions of topics of interest for future meetings.
The San Diego Poodle Club is a group of people who love Poodles! We are the AKC affliate club for the Poodle Club of America in San Diego County, California.
We offer regular meetings on all aspects of Poodles including health, showing and breeding Annual two day Poodle specialty Rescue services for homeless Poodles Referral services to quality Poodle breeders Public education about Poodles If you love poodles, you are cordially invited to attend one of our meetings, our annual specialty or a scheduled program.