149 Runnels Street | Port Huron MI 48060 | 810-987- 5770

Conformation

Tuesday Nights 7:00pm - 7:45pm (Small Breeds)

Tuesday Nights 7:45pm - 8:30pm (Large Breeds/Juniors)

Walk-In

Fee : $7.00/ night ($5.00 for Juniors)

 

 

WHAT IS CONFORMATION

Conformation shows, also referred to as breed shows, are a kind of dog show in which a judge familiar with a specific dog breed evaluates individual purebred dogs for how well the dogs conform to the established breed type for their breed, as described in a breed's individual breed standard.

 

A conformation dog show is not a comparison of one dog to another but a comparison of each dog to a judge's mental image of the ideal breed type as outlined in the individual breed's breed standard. Dog show judges attempt to identify dogs who epitomize the published standards for each breed. This can be challenging, because some judgments must necessarily be subjective. As an example, what exactly entails a "full coat" or a "cheerful attitude", descriptions found in breed standards, can only be learned through experience with the breed that has that particular requirement.

 

Judges are generally certified to judge one or several breeds, usually in the same Group but a few "All-Breed" judges, have the training and experience to judge large numbers of breeds.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO GET STARTED

 

  • Make sure your dog is registered with the AKC/UKC (whichever club you wish to show in).
  • Be sure your dog is current on all inoculations.
  • Learn the proper techniques for grooming and for presenting your dog in the ring.
  • Join your breed's Parent Club, or a Local Specialty and/or All-Breed club in your area.
  • Attend some dog shows to observe your breed being judged and how others present your breed. Get a Judging Program at the show to find out ring number and judging time.
  • Use the knowledge of your breeder.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions.
  • Attend handling classes with your dog.

 

MORE INFORMATION

AKC Beginner's Guide to Dog Show's

UKC Conformation Page

 

 

These classes are taught by Richard Lawless.