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 5 1/2-year-old male Siberian Husky named "Nick" wins Best in Show at the Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina. Six of seven Group First winners, including Reserve Best in Show winner "Conrad," a Shetland Sheepdog, are fed Purina Pro Plan dog.
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.

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.

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

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.
A 3 1/2-year-old male Samoyed named "Kegs" wins Best in Show at the Kennel Club of Palm Springs Dog Show in January, besting 3,300 dogs. The sweet-tempered dog captures attention with his beautiful movement and showy attitude.
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.
Socialization is fundamental to preparing show dogs for the ring. It should start early. In fact, the sooner, the better.
A black-masked red 20-month-old male Pekingese named "Wasabi," shown sparingly and just starting his Specials campaign, spiced up the 2019 AKC National Championship by winning Best in Show.
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.