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Dog Shows - Overview

Most 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 breed standard.

"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 must:
• 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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