Conformation compares each dog to the Breed Standard, a written description of perfection for the breed. The dog and bitch that "conform" best to the Standard are awarded Championship Points, the number of which are based upon the number of other dogs entered of the same sex. Conformation events (commonly referred to as Dog Shows) allow breeders to compare their breeding programs with others and have their progeny evaluated by a non-biased judge.
There are three types of conformation dog shows:
Which Dogs May Participate
To be eligible to compete, a dog must:
Spayed or neutered dogs are not eligible to compete in conformation classes at a dog show, because the purpose of a dog show is to evaluate breeding stock.
Raising A Champion: A beginners Guide to Showing Dogs by A. Meredith John & Carole L. Richards
The Winning Edge: Show Ring Secrets by George G. Alston
New Secrets of Successful Show Dog handling by Peter Green & Mario Migliorini
The Absolute Beginers Guide to Showing Your Dog by Cheryl S. Smith
Show Me! A Dog-Showing Primer by D. Caroline Coile
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