Conformation

A conformation dog show is a show in which a judge, familiar with a specific breed or group, evaluates individual purebred dogs for how well the dogs conform to the breed type, the breed type is described in a breed's individual breed standard. All breed standards will be the same as AKC standards except for Toy and Mini Aussies.
Such shows are useful to breeders as a means of evaluating dogs for breeding purposes. A conformation championship is generally considered a reasonably objective indication of merit, as it indicates that the dog has been found to be a superior example of its breed by a number of different judges on a number of separate occasions. Many breeders even consider championship a prerequisite for breeding.

Show Ring Rules
All dogs must be checked in during allotted times provided in the show premium. 
Exhibitors are responsible for being ringside for their class. The ring will not be held past the second call for the class. Once a class is closed all dogs not present will be marked absent. Missed classes will not be refunded.
Exhibitors may hand stack their dogs.
Squeakers and Clickers are not allowed in the show ring.
Bait may be used, but is never to be thrown in the ring. If dropped it must be picked up.
Exhibitors observed throwing baiting or seeding the ring will be dismissed from their class.
One small comb or brush per exhibitor is the only grooming tools allowed in the ring.
Clean up after your dog in the ring. Supplies will be available ringside.
 
Judging
Judges decisions are final.
Dogs will be evaluated per their breed standard. All judges will be given breed standards for each breed. Breed Standards are the same as AKC expect the Mini and Toy Aussies. 
All Judges reserve the right to disqualify anyone for the following:
  • Owner/Handler misconduct
  • Dogs growling, snapping or fighting
  • Altering of nose, eye or lip pigment color
  • Gluing or taping ears to alter their natural placement
  • Excessive products on the dog
Automatic Disqualifications
Snapping or bitting in the show ring
Cryptorchidism
Bad Bites
 
Judges may excuse handlers for the following reasons
The handler cannot control his/her dog
The handler interfering with another competitor or dog
The handler who abuses his/her dog in the ring
Bitches which appears so attractive to males as to be a disturbing element. 
If you have a complaint or issue with any rulings/placements please see the show committee page for instructions to resolve the issue.
 
Class Divisions
Puppy Division
3 months up to 6 months
6 months up to 9 months
9 months up to 12 months
First place of each sex of each class moves into Puppy Best of Breed competition.
The Best of Breed moves on to Best in Show Puppy.
A Best in Show puppy and Reserve Best in Show will be selected.
This is as far as a puppy can go. No dog under 12 months may earn points towards an adult title. However, we do award puppy titles.

Adult division
Freshman (1 year to 2 years)
Sophomore (2 years to under 3 years)
Junior (3 years up to 7 years)
Senior (7 years and older)
You may add your dog to the Owner/Handler/Breeder (OHB) on our entry forms. If you have more than one in a class, the Owner/Handler/Breeder (OHB) must be in the ring with one of the entries. 

Title Categories
A class dog is defined as a dog that has not earned a Championship title as of the day of the show.
Dogs that have earned a Certificate of Merit are still shown as a class dog. Class dogs show in their perspective class and move up accordingly.
Champion/Grand Champion dogs show in Best of Breed, if they win Best of Breed they go on to Best of Show.
Select Dogs are recognized by the judge as the top quality of their sex after the first and second of each class has been awarded.
Select dogs continue to earn points towards their championship.
If a dog is entered in or shown in the wrong class no points will be awarded.
1st and 2nd place class winners of each sex of each breed move forward to compete for best of the breed.
Best and reserve male and female move up to the Best of Breed class.
Champions/Grand Champions enter the Best of Breed class only.
The dogs winning Best of Breed or Reserve Best of Breed go on to compete in Best in Show.
The Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show will then be selected.
 

 

Placement Points
Best in Show 40
Reserve Best in Show 35
Best in Show Owner/Handler/Breeder (OHB) 45
Reserve Best in Show Owner/Handler/Breeder (OHB) 40
Best of Breed 30
Reserve Best of Breed 25
Selects (Dogs that are chosen after BOB/RBOB) 20
OHB-Selects (Dogs that are chosen after BOB/RBOB) 25
Best Male by Breed 15
Best Female by Breed 15
Reserve Male by Breed 10
Reserve Female Breed 10
First Place Winners at the class level (non-Champions) 5
 Championships will only be awarded to dogs that have won Best of Sex with competition.
Titles Available: Points Required Requirements
Certificate of Merit  50 Must show to at least 2 different judges
Champion  100 Must show to at least 3 different judges
Grand Champion 200 Must show to at least 4 different judges
Grand Champion 2 200 additional points GCH2 repeat Grand Champion level showing to at least 6 different judges
Grand Champion 3 200 additional points GCH3 repeat Grand Champion level showing to at least 6 different judges
Puppy titles will have a P in front of the title abbreviation. 
Owner/Handler/Breeder (OHB) points will only be awarded if entered as OHB
 
Only the highest point level earned per show count towards Titles. Example: A dog that wins first place and the best of sex would receive 10 points and not 15
Example: a Dog that has achieved a Certificate of Merit (CM) only needs an additional 50 points to reach the Championship (CH) title, a Champion dog only needs an additional 150 points to reach Grand Champion (GCH) title and so on.