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In conformation (the official term for dog shows), it is important to note that dogs are not being compared to each other, but to the breed standard. A dog’s conformation in the show ring demonstrates its likely ability to produce puppies that meet the standard. This is why mixed breeds and spayed or neutered purebreds are not eligible to compete in conformation. 

We proudly share, the Best of Opposite Sex, 2024 Westminster winner and the Best of Breed winner of the 2023 ESAA National Specialty & 2024 Maturity Winner under breeder judges- bred by, owned and loved by none other than our club members, Lynda Chase & David Otlewski.

Meet, "ELLIE" - NBOB, GCH Pine Hollow’s Eleanor Gee I Think Your Swell JH CGC VES 1


Incidentally, approximately 80% of dogs competing in conformation dog shows are handled by their Owners. This is celebrated by the AKC in the National Owner-Handled Series.

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Junior Showmanship is also called “Junior Handling.” It dates back to 1920 when the first competition for children handlers was held. Children 9 to under 18 are able to present different breeds in competition. An official AKC judge presides over the competition, but it is important to note that juniors are judged on their presentation and handling ability, not the dog. 

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The Pee Wee class is for children 5–9 years of age. The child is accompanied by his/her sponsor (parent/guardian/responsible adult), and the dog. Pee Wee showmanship is not competitive. It is intended to be fun! It creates a bonding, and learning experience for children (not yet eligible to compete at the Junior Handler level), their dog and sponsor. An eligible judge will preside over this delightful event.

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