The basic purpose of conformation dog shows is to facilitate the evaluation of breeding stock for use in producing the next generations.
JUDGING AND STANDARDS
Each breed's parent club creates a STANDARD, a written description of the ideal specimen of that breed. Generally relating form to function, i.e., the original function that the dog was bred to perform, most standards describe general appearance, movement, temperament, and specific physical traits such as height and weight, coat, colors, eye color and shape, ear shape and placement, feet, tail, and more. Some standards can be very specific, some can be rather general and leave much room for individual interpretation by judges. This results in the sport's subjective basis: one judge, applying his or her interpretation of the standard, giving his or her opinion of the best dog on that particular day. Standards are written, maintained and owned by the parent clubs of each breed.
When entering a dog show you have several basic classes to choose from at what is called "the breed level". You will only be competing with other dogs/bitches of your breed. These classes are for dogs that have not attained the title of "Champion". All classes are divided by sex: Dog (male) or Bitch (female) except Best of Breed. All the class dogs (males) will show first then the classes will be repeated for the bitch (female) entries.
The classes are as follows
A dog needs 15 points to become an AKC breed champion. Of these 15 points 2 sets of them need to be what’s called a "major" win. A major is a win totaling 3, 4 or 5 points. 1 and 2 point wins are called "singles". The majors need to be given by two different judges. Points are assessed by the number of dogs being shown in the breed and where the show is located. The "point schedule" can be found here.
Jack Onofrio: PO Box 25764, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73125-0764 or West Coast exhibitors: PO Box 4660, Portland, Oregon 97208-4660.
Website address: http://www.onofrio.com
Please use this address for premium list requests, and change of addresses.
Jim Rau Dog Shows: P.O. Box 6898 - Reading, PA 19610
Website address: http://www.raudogshows.com
Jack Bradshaw Dog Shows: P.O. Box 227303 Los Angeles, CA 90022-0718
Website address: www.jbradshaw.com
Kevin Rogers Dog Shows: PO Box 230, Hattiesberg, MS. 39403-0230
Website address: www.rogersdogshows.com
BaRay Dog Shows: P.O. Box 4090, Sequim, WA 98382
Website address: www.barayevents.com
Bob Peters Dog Shows: PO Box 579, Wake Forest NC 27588
Website address: www.bpdsonline.com
Garvin Show Services: 14622 SE Old Barn Lane, Boring, OR 97009-9267
Website address: www.garvinshowservices.com
Roy Jones Dog Shows: P.O. Box 828, Auburn, IN 46706-0828
Website address: www.royjonesdogshows.com
MB-F, Inc: P.O. Box 22107, Greensboro, NC 27420-2107
Website address: www.infodog.com
McNulty Dog Shows: PO Box 175 Java Center, NY 14082-0175
Website address: www.mcnultydogshows.com