“Conformation” is the official name for “dog shows.” While they may seem glamorous, the true purpose of conformation showing is to evaluate breeding stock. The dog’s conformation—his overall appearance and structure—is an indication of the dog’s ability to produce quality purebred puppies, and that is what is being judged in the ring. That’s why mixed-breeds and spayed or neutered purebreds are not eligible to compete. Many times a new exhibitor will get started in dog shows by finding a mentor, usually the breeder they acquired their puppy from. Many AKC clubs also offer handling classes to teach owners how to present their purebred dog to a judge at a dog show.

Some Helpful Links:

Getting Started - AKC
Judging Information - AKC
Events and Awards Search - AKC
How to start Junior Showmanship - AKC
Conformation FAQ - AKC


Specialty Show January 2019

The January 2019 Specialty Show will be held at the Expo Center in Portland, Oregon.  The theme for 2019 will be "Lumberjack" since this theme was so well received in 2018!  Check back for more details closer to the event! 

Specialty Show June 2018
The June Specialty Show was held at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby, OR.  The weather was beautiful and the turnout was great!  Can't wait to see everyone at the 2019 June Specialty!  Check back for more information closer to the event.
Specialty Show January 2018
The January Specialty Show was held at the Expo Center in Portland, OR.  The theme for the show was "LumberJack" and we will continue this theme for the January 2019 Specialty.  Check back for more information closer to the event.