Conformation

Conformation

Your dogs are bred for winning. They’re ready to be trained, showcased and judged. But how do you start? Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about conformation. From breed standards to which shows to enter to updates on the latest competitors, this is your one-stop resource for dog conformation information.

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A playful, confident Bouvier des Flandres named 'Hugo' is the No. 1 Bouvier des Flandres two years straight. Learn more about how Hugo draws attention at dog shows at Purina Pro Club.
A 5 1/2-year-old red fawn female named "Joan" is the No. 1 Non-Sporting dog and No. 1 Chinese Shar-Pei. Her handlers lovingly call her "Shar-Perfect."
A showy, spotlight-stealing 4-year-old orange belton female named "Joanah" is the No. 1 English Setter for two straight years. The fun-loving setter loves attention and thrives on being spoiled.
Twinkling her way to fame by lighting up the ring with charisma and spirited joviality, a 3-year-old salt-and-pepper Miniature Schnauzer named "Twink" is the all-time winningest female in breed history.
The winner of 57 Bests in Show, MBIS/MBISS GCHP Stone Run Afternoon Tea granted Team Siba their dreams of a lifetime when she took Best in Show at the 2020 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
The human-animal bond is about having a close relationship with an animal. A true team works in a partnership that evolves with trust and compassion and translates into a special connection that feeds the soul.
A lifetime of crowning achievements distinguish breeder Susan Hamil and her world-famous Bloodhounds.
A tricolor male Beagle named "Tam" Is the No. 1 15-inch Beagle. A standout since he was a puppy, Tam excels with his beautiful movement and quiet, calm disposition. The winner of 37 Bests in Show, Tam is the top-winning Beagle for his handler and...
A handsome, outgoing Schipperke named "Colton" is the top winner in breed history. Surpassing the 2012 record of 20 Bests in Show held by his uncle, Colton has earned more than 32 Bests in Show and is the first Schipperke to win the Non-Sporting...
The No. 1 American Staffordshire Terrier, "Pancho," has been winning top dog shows since he stepped into the ring as a 6-month-old at the prestigious Montgomery County Kennel Club (all terrier) show. The male dog represents the top-winning AmStaff..
A 6-year Chesapeake Bay Retriever named "Hank" is the first of his breed to win Best in Show and be recognized as a Master Hunter and Qualified All Age retriever. The talented male hunts waterfowl and pheasants in some of the toughest conditions,...
Genetic testing for canine diseases, including new panel DNA testing and how these tests impact breed diversity and the health of dog breeds, was featured in one of the sessions at the AKC Canine Health Foundation National Parent Club Canine Health..