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HISTORY

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Washington Poodle Club variety winners, 1957.

The history of the Washington Poodle Club has its roots in our region’s love for poodles.Our first president, George Washington, owned a water dog, very possibly a poodle, named Pilot. One of Washington DC’s most beautiful neighborhood parks, Mitchell Park, was a gift to the city that was likely inspired by a poodle. Here is an excerpt from the Washington Post Magazine, 12 June 1998.

"Around the turn of the century, Morton and Elizabeth Mitchell bought a plot of land on S St. NW [in Kalorama, at 23rd and S Streets NW, Washington, D.C.]. The property, which had passed through many hands since the early 1600s, was to be the site of their new house. Their Poodle, Bock, aged 14, died soon after. He was buried on their new property, where the back yard would be, under a small stone. Before construction could begin, Morton Mitchell died. He is interred elsewhere. His widow lost interest in the new house, and, on her death in 1918, deeded the land to the city for use as a park with the stipulation that Bock's grave not be disturbed. Today, the land is called Mitchell Park. Bock's grave, marked by the small stone and a slack chain, lies in the middle of the sandbox."

The above article was aptly titled “For the love of a poodle.”

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Washington Poodle Club, 1991.

In the 1950’s the Washington DC area’s poodle owners wanted to establish a forum to discuss issues that were relevant to breeders and exhibitors as well as share in the delight of a common interest—poodles! As a result, the Washington Poodle Club was formed in 1954.

history

Members of the Washington Poodle Club with their poodles, 1956.

 

 

 
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