The Puyallup Valley Dog Fanciers (PVDF) was founded in 1972.  Founding members, Stan and Joan Zielinski and Grenville and Virginia Sawyer, met in their living room and asked the question, “Should we form a dog club?”

Back then, the American Kennel Club (AKC) required 40 members to form a club.  As there were already two clubs in the nearby area (Olympic Kennel Club and Tacoma Kennel Club), founding members drew a circle around the Puyallup-central and Graham areas.  Stan Zielinski and Dave Lee then traveled back to New York to advocate for the Club’s formation, where they eventually garnered AKC’s approval.

Before PVDF was even officially recognized, members scheduled the first match at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.  The Club had hoped to attract at least 50 participants and were pleasantly surprised, and a little overwhelmed, when more than 500 people stood in line to register that day.  Needless to say, the Club was successful that day and has never looked back.  As one of over 5,000 dog clubs now recognized by the AKC, it just goes to show . . . there’s always room for one more!

For inquires or more information about PVDF, or how to become a member, email:  pvdfinfo@gmail.com


Recent Events - History

The club has completed three major events this year:


The Western Washington Winter Cluster

  • Date: January 15, 16, 17, 2022
  • Location: Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington
  • Description: 3-day AKC All-Breed Show jointly hosted by the Gig Harbor Kennel Club, Puyallup Dog Fanciers, and the Seattle Kennel Club.
  • Events included Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Junior Showmanship


Sanctioned B-Match

  • The event was held on June 18, 2022 at South Clarks Creek Park in Puyallup.
  •  Approved by AKC, this match provided the opportunity to develop and practice handling and showmanship under more informal circumstances.   

The Western Washington Summer Cluster

The Summer Cluster was held July 9-11, 2022 at the Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup

  • Description: 3-day show jointed hosted by the Gig Harbor Kennel Club, Puyallup Valley Dog Fanciers, and the Seattle Kennel Club
  • Events included:  Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Junior Showmanship, Beginner Puppy, PeeWee Handling, Scent Work, Temperament Tests, Canine Good Citizen, Trick Dog, Health Testing Clinics, Ring Steward Seminar, Judging Junior Showmanship
  • National Owner Handling Series was conducted all three days.
  • A Health Clinic was conducted for OFA Eyes and Heart examinations.
  •  The results of the judging can be found at Baray Events at this link.
Founding club members Joan and Stan Zielinski.

Summer Cluster Dog Show Junior Handler Kali with Boston Terrier Oliver.