What’s a Dog Show anyway?
Showing dogs is a great sport where the thrill of competition is combined with the joy of seeing beautiful dogs. Dog shows are one of many AKC dog events in which AKC-registered dogs can compete. These events, which draw nearly 2 million entries annually, include dog shows and tests of instinct and trainability, such as obedience trials, Canine Good Citizen tests, field trials, agility trials, lure coursing, rally, hunting tests, herding trials, tracking tests, coonhound and earthdog events.
Dog shows (conformation events) are intended to evaluate breeding stock; they are meant to indicate a dog’s ability to produce quality puppies. The dog’s conformation, or overall appearance and structure, is judged at these events. The size of a dog show ranges from large, with more than 3,000 dogs entered at many all-breed shows, to smaller specialty club shows, featuring a specific breed.