Match Shows vs. FSS Open Shows


This exciting new event was developed as a way to provide the practice needed for exhibitors, dogs, judges, and clubs. Match shows are now often offered following Best in Show at an all-breed show. Potential new exhibitors that would not know about the all-breed event would in turn not know about the match either. This often appeals to seasoned exhibitors rather than inviting and encouraging new exhibitors to the sport.

FSS Open Shows will provide clubs the opportunity to welcome new exhibitors to the sport as well as find potential club members. AKC will help make your FSS Open Shows a success by inviting AKC exhibitors in your area and promoting FSS Open Shows on the AKC Events Calendar.

  Match Show FSS Open Show
Can be held in conjunction with a point show? YES YES
Can professional handlers compete? YES - unless clubs restrict NO
Is there an AKC fee? NO YES - $25 application + $2 per entry
Does a judge have to have a number? NO YES
How far in advance must a club submit an application? 30 days 90 days
Can dogs earn Certificate of Merit points? NO YES
Does AKC attract the events with emailed invitations to owners of dogs within a 150 mile radius? NO YES
Is the event posted on the AKC Events Calendar? NO YES