By Steven Hamblin
The Pacific Coast Pekingese Club (PCPC), founded in Los Angeles in 1916, celebrates its centennial anniversary this year!
When our club was formed in 1916 -- and then joined AKC as a member club in 1917 -- Los Angeles was a small city center surrounded by farms, ranches, and orchards. The film industry was only beginning -- many studios didn't exist. Our club was comprised of the "who's who" of Los Angeles -- and many of today's streets are named after original PCPC members. Today, Greater LA is a sprawling megalopolis, and our club is proud to still be serving the needs and desires of the Pekingese fanciers all across Southern California.
The first PCPC specialty show was held in conjunction with the Pacific Coast Pomeranian Club on March 27, 1917, at the Angelus Hotel Ballroom in downtown Los Angeles. That first show, judged by Mr. Chris Shuttleworth, had 40 entries, of which 37 were benched and three were absent. Entries competed in 42 classes approved by the AKC. Winners Dog and Best Pekingese was Konohi, owned by Mrs. Sidney Harris, and Winners Bitch was Bun Jan of Hydegree, also owned by Mrs. Sidney Harris.
PCPC will be celebrating its remarkable 100-year milestone throughout 2016, starting with a specialty show on April 29 that is part of the Pekingese Club of America Rotating National Specialty in Reno, Nevada. PCPC is honored to be adjudicated by Mr. Malcolm E. Moore. All Pekingese fans and fanciers are encouraged to join the celebration in Reno this month. We’ll be offering centennial memorabilia throughout the show!
Updates on our celebrations throughout the year can be found on the club’s website at www.pacificcoastpekingeseclub.com and any membership inquiries can be directed to PCPC secretary Lori Stephen at email@example.com.
We at PCPC are very proud to be celebrating 100 years in serving the Pekingese fanciers of Greater Los Angeles and we look forward to building a solid foundation for growth over the next 100 years.