Showing Your Dog

Information on the dog show world... conformation, agility, obedience and other canine competition.

Agility Gains Popularity star[offsite link]
Agility, a fast paced sport combining an obstacle course, sprinting and grand prix jumping, has become very popular in recent years. Dogs with a good sense of balance, coordination, and athleticism dash through tunnels, leap hurdles, walk on balance beams and climb A-frames. Owners must think quickly and be able to keep up with their dogs throughout the course. Many dog training clubs offer agility classes and some professional trainers include agility in their training programs.

AKC/Eukanuba National Championship star[offsite link]
This is the largest prize money dog show in the world, bestowing a $50,000 cash prize to the dog crowned National Champion.

Confusing terms for AKC dog show beginners star[offsite link]
For a person who is a spectator or one who is interested in showing dogs, the terms used at dog shows can often be confusing. This page of terms and definitions is an attempt to remove the confusion so many novices feel about dog shows.

Dog Show Supplies star[offsite link]
For the new dog owner, nothing can be quite as exciting as your first dog show. It´s important to be prepared for the unexpected and packing the needed items down to the last piece of newspaper. The type of dog you have will of course make the final decisions as to the varieties of equipment needed but there are several items that both long and short- haired dogs will need.

Getting Started in Junior Showmanship star[offsite link]
The AKC offers classes which evaluate the abilities of the young handler. AKC Junior Showmanship classes offer youngsters the opportunity develop their handling skills, learn about good sportsmanshi, and learn about dogs and dog shows.

Getting Started in Obedience star[offsite link]
AKC Obedience Trials demonstrate the usefulness of the purebred dog as a companion to man. Obedience trials showcase dogs that have been trained and conditioned to behave well in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs. AKC trials and tests allow exhibitors and their dogs to enjoy companionship and competition as they proudly earn AKC titles.

Info Dog.Com star[offsite link]
InfoDog was the first totally interactive web site dedicated to the sport of Dog Shows. They are a comprehensive and reliable web resource available for information on AKC Dog Show statistics and schedules, and quality dog products and services. Today, over 12,000 dog fanciers visit us each day and they spend and average of 28 minutes per visit...

The Westminster Kennel Club star[offsite link]
Westminster is the oldest, continuous sporting event in America, with the exception of the Kentucky Derby. America´s Most Distinguished Dog Show", is held annually on 2 consecutive days in February. The Show is limited to dogs who have earned their AKC champion of record title. Best of Group and Best of Show events are broadcast live on the USA network.

What Do All Those Abbreviations Mean? star
When you see a dog´s pedigree or read about dog shows and events, do you know the meaning of all those titles and abbreviations?

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