Breed Shows

At regular all-breed shows in your area, you usually see the same dogs all the time. Attend your National or Regional Specialty and you’ll meet breeders from other sections of the country and different pedigrees. These shows enable participants to share ideas and expand knowledge about the breed.

The National

The granddaddy of all dog shows, the Parent Club National Specialty show gives breeders a chance to showcase the dogs they’ve produced.

Once a year the national breed club sponsors a show for its breed and awards Championship points. The show includes non-regular classes, such as Sweepstakes, Futurity, Maturity, Veterans, Brood Bitch and Stud Dog. Some clubs include specific breed performance sports competitions.

Many clubs rotate the location of the show around the U.S. and may include educational seminars for exhibitors and club meetings for members. Attending a National—with or without a dog is a great way to meet other breed owners, see dogs from different areas of the country and to exchange ideas.

Specialty Show

A regional breed club sponsors a Specialty show for its breed and awards Championship points. The club can opt to hold its show independently or during an all-breed show.

Remember: A BISS before a dog’s name indicates a Specialty Best of Breed win.

Sweepstakes

Held in conjunction with a National or Regional Specialty show, or at some all-breed shows Sweepstakes recognizes puppies and young dogs, but is a non-regular class does not award points. Winners of Best in Sweepstakes, Best of Opposite Sex in Sweepstakes and class winners usually receive rosettes or ribbons and cash awards representing a portion of the entry fees.

Futurity

This non-regular competition is held at the National Specialty and recognizes the breeders’ best litters and the puppies they produce. A non-regular class, the breeder nominates a litter before the whelping date and the best puppies a few months after whelp. A Best in Futurity and Best of Opposite in Futurity receives rosettes or ribbons and cash awards representing a portion of the entry fees.

Stud Dog

This non-regular class recognizes the sire and two of his best “get” or offspring. Judges look for uniform quality in both offspring and how closely they might resemble their sire. A non-regular class, this event is offered at National and Regional Specialties.

Brood Bitch

This non-regular class recognizes the dam and two of her best offspring. Judges look for uniform quality in both offspring and how closely they might resemble their dam. A non-regular class, this event is usually offered at National and Regional Specialties

Awards of Merit (AOM)

During Best of Breed judging at Nationals and Regional Specialties, the judge may, at his discretion, choose additional dogs–usually up to 10 percent from the total Best of Breed entry, who are worthy of recognition for a Judge’s Award of Merit, but does not award points.

Group Show

This show is limited to the breeds and varieties belonging to one of the seven groups and awards Championship points.

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