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Last Update 10/20/2013

What is Conformation Handling Class?

Conformation handling classes allow dog handlers the chance to practice their dogs in a controlled show-like setting, learn basic ring patterns and work with the instructor to improve their ring presence.  Classes are held on rubber matted floors to allow good footing.

What is Conformation?

Dog shows (conformation events) are intended to evaluate breeding stock. The size of these events ranges from large all-breed shows, with over 3,000 dogs entered, to small local specialty club shows, featuring a specific breed. The dog's conformation (overall appearance and structure), an indication of the dog's ability to produce quality puppies, is judged. There are three types of conformation dog shows:
  • All-breed shows offer competitions for over 150 breeds and varieties of dogs recognized by the AKC. All-breed shows are the type often shown on television
  • Specialty shows are restricted to dogs of a specific breed or to varieties of one breed. For example, the Bulldog Club of America Specialty is for Bulldogs only, but the Poodle Club of America's specialty show includes the three varieties of the Poodle - Standard, Miniature and Toy.
  • Group shows are limited to dogs belonging to one of the seven groups. For example, the Potomac Hound Group show features only breeds belonging to the Hound group.

Conformation Titles
  • Ch Champion:  Dogs must acquire 15 points, including 2 majors won under different judges and at least one point under a third different judge.
  • For additional titles, please click here to go to the AKC website.

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