When you walk into the building it is shear PANDEMONIUM.
You need to look or ask around for the superintendent or club or catalog table. Once you find this table, you will find a pile of catalogs for upcoming shows. This is where you can purchase a catalog. If you are looking for a breeder of a certain individual dog or breed, buy a catalog. The catalog has all the information in the judging program, plus it has the name of each dog, its parents, its date of birth, breeder and owner. In most cases you will find the addresses of the owners in the back of the catalog . Even if you didn't connect with anyone in all the confusion of the show, you can call information and find their phone number later.
With the catalog in hand, you can locate where certain breeds will be showing at a certain time. There will be a ring number and time of judging listed in the program for each breed. It's often impossible to locate someone with a breed you are interested in by cruising the grooming area, so it's a good idea to come early - usually 8:30 or 9:00 AM, so you don't miss what you really want to see. And, it's a good idea to plan to stay late, so you can see the whole event to its grand conclusion, the groups and best in show.
But for most Yorkie people, you should cruise the parking lot if you are looking for them. Yorkie exhibitors tend to shun the grooming area, I don't know why that is. But Yorkies come to the ring from motor homes and vans ready to enter. Yorkie exhibitors also tend to be ringside very early, often waiting up to an hour before showing. I have heard of professional handlers making jokes on how you can tell if a person is shows a yorkie, they will be there standing around brushing their dogs at least an hour before show time.
At most dog shows events are offered in conformation and obedience. The original basis for showing dogs, like other livestock, is to judge which individuals display the structure that suits the dog for its typical tasks. The way we know what characteristics do this is by comparing an individual to the breed standard, which defines the breed. Ideally, this standard will be well written and will enable the judge to tell which dogs come the closest, and are therefore best suited for the tasks ahead of them.
The objective of conformation classes is to identify dogs most suitable to breed and produce the next generations. The most important objective of obedience and agility, as well as the many other kinds of trial, such as hunting, herding and go to ground (terrier-earth dog events), is to identify the inner character and ability of the dog, which combined with the structure, produces the ideal animal. In all dog show related activities, however, whether obedience, conformation, or working events, and so forth, the second most important objective is having good clean family fun.
Dog Fancy enthusiasts attend shows every weekend. They meet friends, enjoy themselves, and compete on a very personal level, through their dogs. They may take their dogs in the ring themselves, or they may hire a professional handler. They may own one dog, a leash, and a hatchback, or 30 dogs, hundreds of pounds of equipment, and a Greyhound Bus size motor home. You never know at a show if you're standing next to a millionaire or a pauper. Well, sometimes you do know; however, often you truly don't. The point is you can attend with just your dog and a leash, and you can also win. You can have your son or daughter compete in Junior Showmanship or in the actual "breed" ring. There are so many levels of competition and so many different kinds of events that you can spend a lifetime shepherding one or many dogs through them. Dog showing for most of us is much more than a hobby, it's a lifestyle.
Some of the above information was paraphrased from by M. C. Wakeman, D.V.M. http://users.neca.com/szeder/dogsho1.html
Steps to take the day of the show
After you have entered the show site and have purchased your catalog (optional) you go and find the ring you will showing at.
See if the judge in the ring is the same judge you will be showing to, and if so, watch how he/she is having the dogs preform in the ring (what pattern the judge is having the dogs do). This is so you will know what is expected of you when you enter the ring and can't hear the judges directions. You should also see if they are entering the ring in arm band numerical order. If not you will want to enter the ring in the best position for your dog. Does he like to lead the pack, enter first. If he wants to pay attention to the dogs behind him, try and go last.
Approach the table next to the ring where the ring steward is and request your arm band(s). You will want to do this when they are not busy. In Canada, you would get your arm bands at the main catalog table and not at ring side.
At the appointed time, show up at ring side and have fun.
Requirements To Win An American Championship
The American Kennel Club requires a dog to obtain a total of 15 points with two major wins (a major win is worth three points or higher) to become a champion. The majors must be won under different judges and at least one other judge must award some of the remaining points - so you need to win under at least three different judges.
Winning the Points:
Class dogs are judged in classes against other dogs of the same sex - open, puppy, bred-by-exhibitor, American-bred, novice - are just a few. Classes can also be divided by age (as in puppy) or color. When the judge awards first place in a class that dog advances to the Winners competition of its sex.
During the Winners competition, the judge reexamines all the dogs that have received first place in the classes and picks an overall winner - Winners Dog for males and Winners Bitch for females. Although you may have beaten several dogs in the classes, championship points are only awarded to Winners Dog and Winners Bitch. No points are awarded for class wins or Reserve Winners.
Your Winners Dog or Winners Bitch can also win points in the Best of Breed competition. Best of Breed consists of dogs that have already received their championship. Winners Dog and Winner Bitch also compete with the champions in Best of Breed.
There are three possible ways your dog can receive points at this dog show:
Step One: Take Attendance
Count the number of dogs or bitches competing in the regular classes of your dog's sex - novice, puppy, bred-by-exhibitor, American Bred, and Open classes. Remember to include your dog in the total! Don't count any dogs that are absent (no shows), disqualified, dismissed, excused, or have awards withheld. These dogs do not count in computing the number of dogs competing for that show. If you did not keep up with the total number of dogs in the regular classes, ask the ring steward or the superintendent for a count of total dogs.
Tip: Check the superintendent's copy of the judges' book before you leave the show to make certain your dog was marked as the winner. Mistakes do happen! Also, verify that your dog's AKC registration number is correct in the catalog. If it is not correct, let the superintendent know before you leave the show. In both cases, it's easier to make the correction on the day of the show rather than later.
Step Two: Check the Schedule of Points
Compare the number of dogs competing that day to the schedule of points for your dog's breed and sex located in the show catalog. The schedule is usually listed with the entries for each breed or at the front of the catalog.
If the number of dogs does not match exactly with those listed in the catalog, choose the number of points assigned to the next lowest number.
Remember, point schedules vary by show location. If you are not at the show, make certain you get the points schedule for the event region where your dog won. Check with the AKC for an uptoday schedule as they publish a schedule of points for all breeds annually. Below is a schedule for Yorkies Only for each division. Effective Date: MAY 15, 2001
Step 3: Calculating Points for Winners Dog or Winners Bitch
Your dog receives the points according to the number of dogs of your dog's sex competing in the regular classes.
Let's say that Mickey is awarded Winners Dog. After accounting for absent, disqualified, and excused dogs, you determine that a total of 6 dogs competed in the regular classes. Assuming the point schedule listed above, she receives 2 points.
Now it's your turn...
Mickey's sister, Minnie, wins Winners Bitch. Nine bitches competed in the regular classes. How many points did she earn as Winners Bitch? Answer: 3 points
Winning More Points In the Breed Competition
Your dog can add to the points won in the Winners Class during the Best of Breed competition. If your dog wins:
Best of Breed
Best of Opposite Sex Count the total number of dogs in its sex plus the total number of Champions of its sex entered in the Best of Breed competition to figure the number of points earned.
Best of Winners This one is a bit different. If your dog is named Best of Winners, she is awarded the highest point level awarded between Winners Dog and Winners Bitch. Let's say that Mickey beats out her sister, Minnie, for Best of Winners. If you'll remember Minnie received three points for Winners Bitch and Mickey received only two points for Winners Dog. Since Mickey took Best of Winners, he is awarded three points instead of two and receives one of the majors he needs for his championship.
It is important to check on your dog's point totals from time to time. The AKC offers a fee based service at 900-903-4-AKC to verify the number of points your dog has accumulated toward a championship.
any rules other than AKC's that apply to shows?
The American Kennel Club:
5580 Centerview Drive, Suite 200,
Raleigh, NC 27606-3390
Requirements To Win A Canadian Championship:
(a) Requires a total of 10 championship
points under at least three different judges and,
Winning the Points:
*Includes the dog awarded WINNERS
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