What kind of dogs will you see at a dog show? All kinds! Giant dogs, tiny dogs, bald dogs, hairy dogs, dogs with long pointy noses and dogs with flat noses, dogs who can't bark (Basenjis), huge dogs taller than you (Irish Wolfhounds), big dogs with big sloppy mouths and even tiny dogs with cute hair ribbons and hairspray!
Click these links for more furry fun:
- Download and printable AKC Safety Scramble game
- For kids: AKC's Art Contest - deadline 10/31/11!
- Visit AKC's For Kids Only pages for more downloads and fun.
- List of AKC recognized purebred dog breeds.
- List of Breed rescue groups
- List of New misc. class breeds - pretty unique!
- AKC gave full recognition for these breeds in 2011: The Entlebucher Mountain Dog, the Six-Toed Norwegian Lundehund and the Ancient and Rare Xoloitzcuintli
What is your Dog IQ?
Dog Show Trivia Questions
Courtesy of the American Kennel Club (www.akc.org)
Q. Which club is the official dog registrar of the Bay Colony Dog Show?
A. The American Kennel Club
Q. Although not completely hypo-allergenic, name one breed dog which decreases the chance of allergies.
A. Either the Chinese Crested, Portuguese Water Dog, Bedlington Terrier or The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Q. Which dog was the number one registered dog for the AKC in 2005?
A. The Labrador Retriever
Q. About how many dogs does the AKS register per year?
A. nearly one million
Q. Which dog has had the longest total reign in the number spot?
A. The Cocker Spaniel
Q. Which breed held the longest consecutive reign as number one?
A. The Poodle
Q. Who has been the number one dog from 1991 to the present?
A. The Labrador Retriever
Q. Which breed played "Lassie" on the hit TV show in the 40's?
A. The Collie
Q. Which breed played Rin Tin Tin in the film, "Man from Hell's River"?
A. The German Shepard
Q. Which breed played the part of Bruiser in the movie "Legally Blonde"?
A. A Chihuahua
Q. About how many sub-clubs is the AKC comprised of?
A. about 500
Q. When was the AKC founded?
A. September 17, 1884
Q. What is another term used to describe the handler of the dog in the shows?
A. an Agent
Q. What title is given to the final dog left in an all-breed competition?
A. "Best in Show"
Q. Name some of the titles that a dog can win during a competition.
A. AFC - Amateur Field Champion, Ch. - Conformation Champion, FC - Field Champion OTCH - Obedience Champion, HC - Herding Champion, Best in breed, Best in show
Q. Name two ways a dog could become disqualified from a competition.
A. Due to lack of conformation or obedience or due to undesirable performance
Q. What is the name of the group of dogs which "Best in Show" is chosen from?
A. Group Class
Q. What makes up a dog's qualifying score?
A. Obedience scores and performance scores
Q. What is the "Stud Book"?
A. Monthly publication of the AKC. A listing of dogs that have sired or produced a litter that has been registered with the AKC. With this information, a person can use Stud Book volumes to trace a dog's lineage and to produce pedigrees.
Q. What does the term "variety" refer to?
A. A division of a breed approved by the AKC. There are nine breeds that are divided into varieties: Cockers, Beagles, Collies, Dachshunds, Bull Terriers, Manchester Terriers, Chihuahuas, English Toy Spaniels, and Poodles.
Angulation - Angles created by bones meeting at their joints.
Baiting - Using liver or some treat to get the dog's attention and have him look alert.
Bench Show - A dog show at which the dogs are kept on assigned benches when not being shown in competition, so they can be viewed and discussed by attendees, exhibitors and breeders. Note: this dog show is NOT a benched show.
Exhibitor - A person who brings a dog to a dog show and shows it in the appropriate class.
Fancier - A person who is especially interested, and usually active, in some phase of the sport of purebred dogs.
Gait - The way a dog moves, movement is a good indicator of structure and condition.
Groom - To brush, comb, trim or otherwise make a dog's coat neat.
Handler - A person or agent who takes a dog into the show ring or who works the dog at a field trial or other performance event.
Heel - A command to a dog to keep close beside its handler.
Match Show - A usually informal dog show at which no championship points are awarded.
Miscellaneous Class - Transitional class for breeds attempting to advance to full AKC recognition.
Pedigree - The written record of a dog's family tree of three or more generations.
Points - Credits earned toward a championship.
Soundness - Mental and physical well-being.
Stacking - Posing the dog's legs and body to create a pleasing picture.
Choosing a Breed
WHAT BREED IS RIGHT FOR ME?
From loyal and low-key Basset Hounds to the antics of a Labrador Retriever, dig yourself out of a dog breed decision dilemma by asking the experts at the show: the breeders/owners/handlers themselves.
At the weekend "Meet the Breed" sessions, you will get a hands-on "meet and greet" time with some of the best breeders, groomers, and handlers in the country. This is time to bring your specific questions about whether their breed is right for your home environment, personality, lifestyle and budget — some breeds are easier than others to care for!
If you are coming to the show looking to find a specific breeder, each club's show catalog lists the dogs entered and their breeders with contact information. You can also click here, or check the Sunday Boston Globe, who list the purebred breeder's referral hotline in the Classified section. under "Pets".