For the sake of simplicity, we will take you to dog shows in which most of the dogs on this site
All Breed Show means that
any AKC registered breed may enter and compete. The Westminster Kennel Club show is an example. Mind you, Westminster
is a special all breed show just for champions.
Show means only a single AKC registered breed is eligible to enter. Specialty shows are sponsored by a specific
breed club such as the Dachshund Club of America.
for the most part are entered in conformation where the dog is judged on how closely it meets the breed standard. The
breed standard defines all aspects of the breed, such as structure, appearance, movement and temperament. Click on the AKC
link to view the breed standards.
It’s a great day and the
show is taking place outside. We find which ring and what time the dachshunds are showing. When we arrive at the ring, the
beautiful creatures are lining up to start. But OH MY, all we see are longs! When dachshunds show, they are divided
into the three varieties, longs, smooths, and wires. The three coats are not judged together.
Next we notice there are a lot of dogs but only a few at a time enter the ring. The competition is divided
into classes determined by gender, age and there are a couple of weird ones that we won’t go into. The class entries
are not finished champions but are working towards it.
has a winner and gets a ribbon but there are no points involved. The class winners go back in the ring together and the judge
will choose a Winners Dog and a Winners Bitch. These are the only two
competitors which are awarded points toward their championships.
you still with me?
Now Winners Dog and
Winners Bitch go back in the ring with the specials entries (already finished champions) and the
Best of Variety is picked. Just to give everyone a chance, the judge also awards a Best
of Opposite Sex (opposite gender of the Best of Variety winner). The judge will also select Best
of Winners which is the better of Winners Dog and Winners Bitch.
The Best of Variety winner will go to the Hound Group and if
they win there, will go to the Best in Show competition.
What a day! I’m tired. Let’s go eat.
italicized words in this text are found on the signs in the pictures throughout this site. We are so proud of all
that our dogs have accomplished.