The first American Kennel Club-sanctioned dog show of the year got underway Thursday at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
During the Kennel Club of Palm Springs Dog Show that ends Sunday, dogs from a variety of breeds will strut their stuff in front of the judges.
Entrance is free, but parking costs $10 per day. Spectators can meet breeders and dogs, and see how show dogs are groomed, according to show chair Gloria Toussaint.
Specialty shows are slated for Thursday and Friday involving all sporting dogs, non-sport dogs, all toy dogs and terriers. There will be a handful of competitions for non-grouped breeds such as the Siberian husky.
Riverside County Supervisor Manuel Perez is scheduled to be on hand Saturday to bestow best in show honors.
Almost 3,600 dogs are slated to compete on Saturday, and 3,300 on Sunday, although many canines will be competing both days.
The Empire Polo Club is located at 81800 51st Ave.
For more information, visit www.kennelclubpalmsprings.org.
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