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 4 1/2-year-old male Pointer called "Joe" wins the 2020 National Championship for Bird Dogs. The stylish, fast-moving bird dog overcame wet running conditions and had six quail finds to win the prestigious event.
A 3 1/2-year-old female Standard Poodle wins Best in Show at the 2020 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Raising and training a show dog that confidently enjoys the demands of a conformation career can make for a myriad of learning curves and bumps along the road. 

My husband, Corky, and I spent a lifetime in dogs as busy all-breed professional handl

Learn professional dog show tips from longtime all-breed handler Sue Vroom, including training, conditioning and showing suggestions in and outside of the ring.
Timing is everything when competing in a dog show. Learn how professional dog handlers best utilize their time with judges to put their best paw forward.

A charming, sweet-tempered 2 ½-year-old red-and-white male Bulldog named “Thor” moved like a dream across the show ring floor to win the 18th annual "National Dog Show

Socialization is fundamental to preparing show dogs for the ring. It should start early. In fact, the sooner, the better.

It’s 6 a.m. on a Saturday. A slight breeze carries the hum of generators, while the aroma of bacon frying in a motor home rises into the air.

Winning Best in Show at the most prestigious terrier show in the world, Montgomery County Kennel Club, with her fiery, dynamic 3 ½-year-old male Welsh Terrier named “Dazzle” was a dream come true for owner Keith Bailey of Knoxville, Tennessee.

When a passionate terrier lover named Victor Malzoni Jr. was looking for a nice Wire Fox Terrier bitch in 2010, he asked another passionate terrier lover, pro handler Gabriel Rangel, to help him find one.

A record-setting 4-year-old Black Russian Terrier named “Oli” stirs excitement at shows with his confidence, beautiful movement and sound temperament.