Showing dogs is a great sport where the thrill of competition is combined with the joy of seeing beautiful dogs. Dog shows are one of many types of AKC dog events in which AKC-registered dogs can compete. These events, which draw more than three million entries annually, include dog shows and tests of instinct and train-ability, such as obedience trials, Canine Good Citizen® tests, field trials, agility trials, lure coursing, hunting tests, herding trials, tracking tests, and coon-hound and earth-dog events. Dog shows (conformation events) are intended to evaluate breeding stock. The size of these events ranges from large all-breed shows, with over 3,000 dogs entered, to small local specialty club shows, featuring a specific breed. The dog’s conformation (overall appearance and structure), is an indication of the dog’s ability to produce quality puppies.
Below are some of the licensed dog show superintendents as well as links to their websites. It is here that you will also find when and where there will be a dogs show in your area. Going to a local dog show is not only great fun, but a great way to learn.
InfoDog (MBF) was the first totally interactive web site dedicated to the sport of Dog Shows and they remain today comprehensive and reliable web resource available for information on AKC Dog Show statistics and schedules, and quality dog products and services
Website link below.
Premiums and judging programs. Online entry available.
Visit their website for more information about dog shows that they are superintendents of. You can download show premiums, or just look for a location possibly near you to attend.
Jack Onofrio Dog Shows is a American Kennel Club annually licensed superintendent.
They, offer as do most, a fast and secure Online entry service.;
Visit their website below to find a dog show possibly near you.
The Bradshaw family tradition of superintending dog shows started in 1898 with Jack Bradshaw I, and has continued through four generations of Bradshaws. Visit their website to read their articles and learn more about this dog show dynasty
Often driving home becomes a venting session but some who may consider a judge inept have NOT READ their own breed standard. Most judges truly attempt to do a credible job with the dogs that appear in their ring. This is why judge’s education evolved. So, before we take the judging community to task, what about the exhibitors responsibilities? Speaking for myself, I have no preferences except what is written in the standards. However, I will say this. “The CORRECT color is the BEST color!”
Desired markings are a plus, like “icing on the cake” whereas some markings are distracting. Many judges see beyond color. IF you choose to exhibit something different than the preferred colors as designated in your standard, don’t be surprised when your dog is not considered for Winners.