Dog Shows - Overview
competitive events held under AKC rules are dog shows, where the accent
is on conformation. After being examined by a judge, dogs are placed according
to how well, in the judge's opinion, they measure up (conform) to their
"All-breed" shows offer competitions for over
180 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. These can be separate shows just for that breed, or some
clubs designate their breed's classes at an all-breed show as their club's
specialty show. Classes are held the same as in any other all-breed show,
but wins hold the prestige of being "specialty" wins, and the
club normally offers trophies and prizes for the winners.
To be eligible to compete in a dog show, a Brittany
be individually registered with the AKC
be 6 months of age or older
be between 17-1/2 and 20-1/2 inches tall (measured from the ground
to the highest point of the shoulders)
not have any black in the coat or nose
not be spayed or neutered.
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