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How to Enter Your
First AKC Dog Show
What is a Dog Show?
• Each dog breed that is recognized by the American Kennel
Club(AKC) has an official standard that describes the ideal dog –
size, proportions, coat, temperament, movement, etc.
• Conformation dog shows are a competition to see which individual
dogs best meet their breed standard.
• AKC conformation dog shows are put on by AKC dog clubs, and may
be open to all breeds, limited to certain breeds (like those in one
group), or a single breed only.
• Most dogs at a show will be competing to earn their AKC
championship.
Is My Dog Eligible?
• In order to enter your dog, certain requirements must be met.
Your dog must be:
• Six months or older on the day of the show
• Recognized breed by the AKC
• Registered with the AKC
• NOT spayed or neutered
• No disqualifying faults, as stated by their breed’s parent organization
• In sound health and up-to-date on vaccinations
• Your breeder, the parent club for your breed, and the AKC website
are all good sources of information on showing your dog.
How Do I Prepare?
• If you have never attended a dog show, it is a good idea to go first
without your dog and watch. Many shows offer a “new exhibitor
briefing” in the morning to explain and answer questions.
• The AKC website contains several excellent videos that describe how a
dog show works. Start here:
https://www.akc.org/sports/conformation/get-started/
• Check if your breed’s parent club or a local breed club has a list of
mentors or local contacts that would be willing to answer questions and
speak with you about how to prepare.
• Attend a conformation training class. For those in the Austin, TX area,
two organizations to check out are Austin Canine Central and DePaw Dog
Sports.
How Do I Find a Show?
• There are several websites that can be used to find dog shows by
date, location, or other criteria.
• The Canine Chronicle Events Calendar is very user-friendly:
http://caninechronicleshowcalendar.com/
You can sort by state, date, and add your breed to see the judges.
• The AKC Events Calendar is another good option:
https://www.apps.akc.org/apps/event_calendar/
• Superintendent websites. What is a superintendent?
What is a Superintendent?
• A superintendent is an organization that along with the show-
giving club, helps to organize and run the show. Most importantly
to the new exhibitor, they take your entry and record and report
the show results to the AKC.
• The superintendents licensed with the AKC are:
BaRay Event Services
Foy Trent Dog Shows
Jack Bradshaw Dog Shows
Jack Onofrio Dog Shows
MB-F
Rau Dog Shows
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How to Enter AKC Dog Show.ppsx

  • 1. How to Enter Your First AKC Dog Show
  • 2. What is a Dog Show? • Each dog breed that is recognized by the American Kennel Club(AKC) has an official standard that describes the ideal dog – size, proportions, coat, temperament, movement, etc. • Conformation dog shows are a competition to see which individual dogs best meet their breed standard. • AKC conformation dog shows are put on by AKC dog clubs, and may be open to all breeds, limited to certain breeds (like those in one group), or a single breed only. • Most dogs at a show will be competing to earn their AKC championship.
  • 3. Is My Dog Eligible? • In order to enter your dog, certain requirements must be met. Your dog must be: • Six months or older on the day of the show • Recognized breed by the AKC • Registered with the AKC • NOT spayed or neutered • No disqualifying faults, as stated by their breed’s parent organization • In sound health and up-to-date on vaccinations • Your breeder, the parent club for your breed, and the AKC website are all good sources of information on showing your dog.
  • 4. How Do I Prepare? • If you have never attended a dog show, it is a good idea to go first without your dog and watch. Many shows offer a “new exhibitor briefing” in the morning to explain and answer questions. • The AKC website contains several excellent videos that describe how a dog show works. Start here: https://www.akc.org/sports/conformation/get-started/ • Check if your breed’s parent club or a local breed club has a list of mentors or local contacts that would be willing to answer questions and speak with you about how to prepare. • Attend a conformation training class. For those in the Austin, TX area, two organizations to check out are Austin Canine Central and DePaw Dog Sports.
  • 5. How Do I Find a Show? • There are several websites that can be used to find dog shows by date, location, or other criteria. • The Canine Chronicle Events Calendar is very user-friendly: http://caninechronicleshowcalendar.com/ You can sort by state, date, and add your breed to see the judges. • The AKC Events Calendar is another good option: https://www.apps.akc.org/apps/event_calendar/ • Superintendent websites. What is a superintendent?
  • 6. What is a Superintendent? • A superintendent is an organization that along with the show- giving club, helps to organize and run the show. Most importantly to the new exhibitor, they take your entry and record and report the show results to the AKC. • The superintendents licensed with the AKC are: BaRay Event Services Foy Trent Dog Shows Jack Bradshaw Dog Shows Jack Onofrio Dog Shows MB-F Rau Dog Shows
  • 7. What is a Superintendent? • Superintendents tend to work in a region, but there are exceptions and clubs may change superintendents. • In Texas, many of our shows use Onofrio as the superintendent, but some are MB-F or Foy Trent. • The superintendent publishes the premium list for the club. The premium list is a document that describes everything you need to know in order to enter – show location, judge panel, when does the show open/close for entries, the entry fee, any limits on number of dogs/breeds, where will grooming occur, where to park, prizes and trophies, etc.
  • 8. The Premium List • This is a typical cover page for the premium list. • You can find the dates (May 26-30th) and location of the show (indoors at Monroe Civic Center) on the cover. • This show closes for entry on Wednesday, May 11th at noon
  • 9. How Do I Make an Entry? • Show entries may be made via paper and the postal service, but we will focus on online entries here. • Each superintendent's system is slightly different, but you will need the same documentation for each. Our example will use Onofrio’s online system. • You will need to know your dog’s AKC registration number, date of birth, owner/breeder information, and information on the dog’s parents. • You will need a method of payment (credit or debit card).
  • 10. Making the Entry - Step by Step • Visit onofrio.com and look for “Online Entry” in the upper left corner • On the page that follows, click
  • 11. Making the Entry - Step by Step • Enter your payment information. Always check for accuracy before moving on. • Enter your dog’s registration number (found on the AKC registration papers). • Enter your email and a PIN code that you will remember.
  • 12. Making the Entry - Step by Step • Review the agreement and disclaimer and click
  • 13. Making the Entry - Step by Step • Enter the requested information about your dog. • Not all information is required. In this example, if you are not entering an Akita in the Breeders Cup Sweepstakes, you can ignore those questions • An agent code may be provided to you by a professional handler if you are using one. • This information is stored for the future if you use Onofrio’s system again.
  • 14. Making the Entry - Step by Step • Enter the requested information about your dog’s owner(s) and breeder(s). • Enter the requested information for your dog’s sire and dam. This will be listed on the registration certificate. • On the bottom left of the screen, click
  • 15. Making the Entry - Step by Step • Shows will be listed by closing date • Choose which shows you want to enter. You do not have to enter all the shows. • NOHS is an extra (not required) competition for owner-handlers. • BegPup is short for Beginner Puppy, a separate show for 4-6 month old puppies. • Click on the lower left
  • 16. Making the Entry - Step by Step • Choose your class for each show. Enter only one class. An explanation of each class can be found at https://www.akc.org/sports/conformatio n/resources/select-conformation-dog- show-class/ • If you are an owner handler and wish to compete in the National Owner Handled Series, check that box too. It is not a requirement. • Click on the lower left to complete your entry.
  • 17. Next Steps • You will generally receive an email confirmation within a day or two letting you know that your entry has been received. • This is not a guarantee that your entry has been accepted. If there is an issue with your payment, or an entry limit is reached, your entry may be rejected. • After the show closes, most superintendents will publish how many of each breed have been accepted to show. These are called “preliminary counts” or “entry breakdowns”. The counts are written like this 1-2-3-4 or 1-2 (3-4) where 1=class dogs, 2=class bitches, 3=specials dogs, and 4=specials bitches
  • 18. What is a Special? • All of our dogs are special to us, but at the dog show a “special” refers to a dog or bitch that has already earned their AKC championship. They are competing for Best of Breed and beyond. • Most dogs and bitches at the show are in the classes. They are competing to earn points towards their championship. • To figure out how many dogs or bitches are needed to earn points, study the AKC Point Schedule for your division (region), found at https://www.akc.org/sports/conformation/resources/points- schedule/
  • 19. Next Steps • If your entry has been accepted, the superintendent will email you a confirmation of entry and a judging program 7-10 days before the show occurs. Some shows will still use USPS to mail these.
  • 20. How to Read a Judging Program • Find your breed. In this example, I am interested in Affenpinschers. • Affenpinschers show in Ring 5 at 10:30AM on Saturday and in Ring 6 at 10:05AM on Sunday.
  • 21. How to Read a Judging Program • Find the specific information for Saturday. Take note that multiple judges are using this ring at different times and are listed separately. • Judging for this group begins at 10:30AM. It cannot start earlier than that. Affenpinschers are scheduled to be judged after Silky Terriers, Cavalier King Charles, and Toy Manchester Terriers.
  • 22. How to Read a Judging Program • You can get a rough estimate that a judge will take two minutes to examine each dog. Affenpinschers may be judged around 32 minutes after the start of the group (16 dogs x 2 minutes). • But, if dogs are absent or at judge’s discretion, things can move faster! Be ready for 10:30AM and be ringside or close by. You do not want to miss your ring time!
  • 23. How to Read a Judging Program • On Sunday, Affenpinschers are scheduled to be judged after Miniature Pinschers, Toy Manchester Terriers, and Japanese Chin, beginning at 10:05AM
  • 24. How to Read a Judging Program • If the Affenpinscher is awarded Best of Breed, he is eligible to show in the Toy Group. • On Sunday, group judging begins at 2:30PM in Ring 1. Toys are scheduled to be the 5th group judged. • Any changes to the schedule will be posted in writing at the superintendent’s desk and at the ring.
  • 25. Final Thoughts • Entering a dog show, reading a premium list, and figuring out a judging program will seem complicated at first, but soon will become second nature. • If you are confused about any part of the process, reach out to your breeder, a mentor, the show-giving club, or the superintendent for help. • Have fun with your dog!