“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
Judging Program for the two specialties can be found HERE. Please Note: The Judging Program and acknowledgements will be sent out via email to the exhibitors this weekend.
The January 2019 Specialty Show will be held at the Expo Center in Portland, Oregon. There will be two shows this day. The theme for 2019 will be "Lumberjack" since this theme was so well received in 2018! There will be a "best dressed" competition for exhibitors. Please plan on wearing lumberjack apparel - there will be a prize for 1st place, so use your imaginations!