The Origin of the Poodle Club of the Lehigh Valley

In 1971 Nancy Stine, Ruth Schlicher, Warren and Joyce Sell, Mary Ann Giles and Kathy Wisser were breeding, showing and training their poodles. They decided to form a club to promote the all-around betterment of their breed. Warren Sell was elected as the first club President.

The first meeting was held on March 22, 1971. Fifty-two people attended! It was agreed that the object of the new club would be "to encourage and promote the breeding, training and exhibiting of pure bred poodles.” Members would strive as breeders to “improve the natural qualities and abilities in their puppies." As competitors they would “advance the interests of the breed by encouraging sportsman-like competition.” As a club they would “conduct specialty shows and obedience trials,” and as pet owners “to further enhance the enjoyment of the poodle as a pet and companion.”

The club has come a long way since 1971. We've held match shows, point shows and agility trials, grooming seminars and health clinics. We offer poodle breeder referral and poodle rescue. We welcome breeders, trainers, groomers, pet owners and all lovers and protectors of the Poodle breed to join us.

In 1977 we incorporated. Since our very beginning in 1971, we have never forgotten our original purpose. Our goal has remained constant and unwavering; "to breed better poodles as responsible professionals, and to educate the public likewise".