ObedienceApril 13, 2018
Speedway Classic Carolina – Reserve GroomingApril 23, 2018
The official term for dog shows is conformation — as in, the act of conforming
or producing conformity
. While a dog show may look like a beauty pageant, it’s not. Dogs are not being compared to each other; they’re being measured by how closely they conform
to the standard of their particular breed. Why? Because the closer a dog’s appearance is to the breed’s standard, the better that dog’s ability will be to produce puppies that meet the standard. It’s also the reason why mixed breeds and spayed or neutered purebreds are ineligible to compete in conformation.
As one of the most popular AKC events, conformation events range from large all-breed
shows, with over 3,000 dogs entered, to small local specialty club shows that feature only one breed.