What is a DOG SHOW?
Conformation Dog Shows are the pageants of dog shows, measuring dogs against their breed standards, in physical appearance, temperament, and movement. As these shows are to evaluate and title breeding stock, altered dogs are not eligible to enter conformation competitions put on by the AKC. The dog must be pure-bred and registered with the AKC. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the most well-known conformation show in the United States.
An AKC Championship title is awarded when a dog has earned 15 points in the Conformation Ring. At least two of the wins must be “majors”, under two different judges. A major is a dog show where at least three points will be awarded. Points awarded are based upon the number of dogs competing, in accord with schedules based upon popularity of a breed and region of the country.
Kingsbridge Flat-Coated Retrievers and Conformation
Tralee is a triple breed champion demonstrating her conformation by earning recognition in the American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, and International All Breed Canine Association. At the 2012 Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America National Specialty, Tralee won Best Amateur Owner Handler under Judge Mrs. Eleonora Boermans. In 2013 the United Kennel Club recognized Tralee as number two in the Final Top Ten Ranking for Flat-Coated Retrievers.
Caris has earned her United Kennel Club and International All Breed Canine Association breed championships. She has several points toward her American Kennel Club breed title.
Handfull is a United Kennel Club breed champion and is ranked #10 in the Final Top Ten Ranking for Flat-Coated Retrievers in 2016. She is an IACBA champion and has her AKC champion title.