AKC Event Updates

Event Operations is committed to providing clubs and exhibitors regular communication regarding new, changed, and clarified rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.  Several items at the July 2015 Board meeting were approved that have an impact on clubs and we wanted to take this opportunity to notify and explain some of them to you.

Junior Showmanship Master Class Criteria (effective October 7, 2015)

The eligibility criteria for the Masters Class will be earning 10 Best Junior Handler awards with competition.  The calendar for this class remains consistent with the eligibility dates for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.  As a reminder, all clubs offering Junior Showmanship competition must offer the Master Class.

4-6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition Professional Handler Definition (effective October 1, 2015)

In order to make the definition of professional handler consistent with the AKC NOHS definition the following change was approved:

Professional handlers are defined as any person who belongs or has belonged to a professional handlers’ organization, distributed rate cards, or otherwise advertised or represented themselves as handling dogs for pay within the last five years. Dogs may not be exhibited by current assistants and household members of a professional handler.

Conformation Judges Books (effective January 1, 2016)

In order to reduce confusion regarding the purpose of check boxes for judges and exhibitors, the following changes have been made to the Conformation Judges’ Book format:

  • Remove the check box for withholding Winners & Reserve
  • Remove the check box next to Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex
  • Change the wording of Grand Championship points to: If withholding Grand Championship points from Best of Breed or Best of Opposite Sex please not GCH points withheld by the appropriate number.