“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.
Specialty Show January 16th, 2019
Photos from our Lumberjack themed Specialty Show
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.