"Desert" Defined


​​​​In 2003, two friends, Meg Doolittle and Donna Jiaras, regularly walked their standard poodles, Jackie and Cookie, down El Paseo in Palm Desert, California every morning. One day the idea of a standard poodle club came to light ... "wouldn't it be nice to connect with othe​r standard poodle lovers and have them join us on walks?"  The Standard Poodle Club of the Desert was founded.

The Club has grown from two standard poodles and two friends to over 150 poodles and 300+ friends/owners. Since inception, there have been over 100 walks down El Paseo and three participations in the annual Palm Desert  Golf Cart Parade.  Currently, our walks include 50-100+ standards, depending on the season, as we have both locals and visitors participate.

Interested standard poodle lovers/owners can join the club now and be kept informed of events. To do so, click on the large "Join Now" button above the menu bar on any page. 

*Our club has no membership fees

*Standard Poodles only please ... thank you



​​​​Our mission is to create a fun atmosphere to socialize our members and their standard poodles and to reach out to the local community.  We are actively involved in local outreach programs such as ...

*Therapy dogs visiting local nursing homes, hospitals and organizations

*Guide Dogs of the Desert, custom trained standard poodles for the blind

*Animal Samaritans' No Kill Shelter for dogs and cats

Our focus is to open the hearts of standard poodles in need of human love in a loving/forever home to the hearts of humans who reciprocate that need and love by assisting with re-homing when possible.



The "desert", to which the club refers, is geographically located in the low desert of southern California, also known as the Coachella Valley and usually referenced as Palm Springs/Palm Desert/Indio.


 Club "Whelping"

 Club Mission