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Inc. Sept 9, 1956
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Border Collie
CH Nahrof The Web Master
WD BOW - 4 Pt Major
Owner/Handler:Carol Green
Photo Credit: Warren Cook

Doberman Nationals St Charles Ill 2016
Fourth Place Black Bitches
Tradition's Livin La Vida Loca CGC 'Lola'
Owners: Alexandra Schlosser Bullock; Carla Giroux
Handler: Carla Giroux
Photo Credit: show photographer

For an AKC conformation show, the first requirement is a purebred dog registered with the American Kennel Club.

Showing dogs is fun! Dog shows are another way to interact with your dog; a competitive sport, a proving ground of knowledge and skill, a way to show off your breeding program, and a new circle of friends.

If you are just beginning, take the time to find a reputable, successful breeder. They will be the ones who answer your questions, acting as long term mentors that will save you any number of mistakes along the way. A caring breeder will ask you questions; find out your goals and intentions, and whether a particular breed of dog is right for you.

The breeder may sell a puppy with "strings", or conditions. Possible stipulations may include co-ownership agreements, promises to have the dog shown a certain number of times, or by a certain handler, or perhaps an arrangement to return a puppy from a future breeding. Be sure you understand these conditions, and can live up to them, before you sign the contract. As appealing as young puppies are, they are only potential show quality. Until a puppy has grown enough, it just isn't possible to guarantee show quality.

Two options for showing a dog - either a professional handler or exhibiting your dog yourself. Dogs shows are unique in that amateurs and professionals compete on equal terms in the show ring. The amateur must try hard to equal a professional's expertise, but has the advantage of concentrating all his efforts on his own dog.



We are a community of friends and acquaintances with our dogs in common. Consider the competitive element before you expect someone to give you, and a rival puppy, full effort. It is just human nature that your own breeder/mentor will care more about helping you with your puppy than will anyone else.

English Bulldog
CH Rocky Mountains Fur Elise
New Champion - Major Win
Owner/Handler: Terena Lebsak
Photo Credit: Elaine

WB, BBE, Group 1 BBE ~ 2016
Silver Fox Stealing Kisses 'Teal'
Breeder/Owner/Handler: Judie Lucas
Photo Credit: Roberts