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||YES – if they are an owner of record|
|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?||YES||YES|
|Is the event posted on the AKC Events Calendar?||NO||YES|