“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


GPDC hosts two specialty shows each year.  In January, we host a Lumberjack theme specialty that takes place during the Rose City dog show held at the Portland Expo Center.  In June, we host a summer specialty that takes place during the Clackamas Kennel Club dog show held at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby, OR.

Dates for upcoming specialty shows:

January 18th, 2023

June 22nd and 23rd, 2023

Information for upcoming events are posted on the MAIN PAGE OF THIS WEBSITE - located HERE

Additionally, information for upcoming events are posted on Facebook to the following group pages:

  • Greater Portland Dachshund Club
  • Dachshund Fanciers of SW WA
  • Cascade Dachshund Club

Premium and Entry Forms are typically available 2-3 weeks prior to the event.  

Photos from Prior Specialty Show

                    Photos from our Lumberjack themed Specialty Show: Jan 2019            

The Greater Portland Dachshund Club awarded the AKC Good Sportsmanship Award to member Kim White for all her hard work, dedication, and sportsmanship shown during the year.  Kim is on the Earth Dog committee and is active with earth dog, field trials, and conformation. 

Also at the Rose City Classic Dog show the Greater Portland Dachshund Club participated in the AKC Meet The Breeds event.  We hosted a booth for an hour on the Saturday day of the show and had all three coat types represented.  We engaged with the public and answered questions about dachshunds and our club, as well as letting people pet and cuddle our dogs.

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.