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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The most versatile Saluki of all time, “Pepé,” a 7-year-old gold male, has proved to be extraordinary.
“Toodles,” a spirited 3-year-old white-and-tan Parson Russell Terrier, has become the winningest dog in breed history.
A spunky, athletic 4-year-old brown-and-white particolored Spanish Water Dog called “Jango” has claimed top titles in the breed as as well as the hearts of his owners.
A Smooth Dachshund called “Jana” captured her sixth Best in Show in April, making the 2-year-old the top Best in Show winning Smooth bitch in breed history.
A rising star in her breed, a regal 2-year-old Great Dane called “Pandora” captured two major awards this October at the 2015 Great Dane Club of America National Specialty in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The No. 1 Berger Picard in the country, BIS/BISS GCH Eclipse’s One N’ Only, befittingly named for being the only female in her litter, has earned one-and-only status in the show ring as well.
A classic beauty, Multi-BIS/BISS GCH Sunlit’s Queen of Everything, the No. 1 Afghan Hound bitch, has exceeded breeder-owner-handler Tara M. Richardson’s dreams, most notably by winning Best of Breed at the Afghan Hound Club of Greater Columbus (Ohio) specialty show that was part of this year’s Afghan Hound World Congress.

The bright TV lights during “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina” didn’t outshine “Gia,” a 4-year-old blue brindle female Greyhound. Handled by pro handler Rindi Gaudet, Multi-BIS/Multi-RBIS Brazilian, PANAM, Int, FCI, GCH GrandCru Giaconda CGC dazzled the crowd and judge James Reynolds to earn Best in Show and become the sixth consecutive Purina® Pro Plan®-fueled National Dog Show winner.

“Gia has so much breed type. Her head, neck and expression are beautiful,” Reynolds said. “She is a good galloping hound, as a Greyhound should be.”

Just weeks away from the prestigious 140th annual Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) Dog Show on Feb. 15 and 16 in New York City, Purina® Pro Plan® fans can’t wait to learn whether a 10th consecutive Purina® Pro Plan®-fed dog captures Best in Show.