Children and teenagers are the future of the sport of dogs and responsible dog ownership. The more they learn, the more they will grow in dog sports and as a person. The values, attitudes, and responsibility learned while competing as Juniors serve children throughout their entire lives.
Junior Showmanship offers children between the ages of 9 and 18 years of age an opportunity to develop their handling skills, learn about good sportsmanship, dogs, and dog shows. Juniors are judged on their ability to present, or handle, their dogs as they would in the breed ring.
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Other Sports for Juniors
Juniors may also compete and earn titles on their dogs in many AKC Events. The Junior Recognition program awards points for participation in all AKC events and additional points for earning qualifying scores or placements. Learn about Obedience, Agility, Rally, Tracking, Hunt Tests, Herding, Field Trials, Earthdog, Lure Coursing, Coursing Ability and Coonhound Events in which all juniors are eligible to compete.
- Junior Handler Number Request
- Junior Handler Address Update
- Rules and Regulations
- Report Access Code Request
- Junior Flyer
- Junior Handler Certification
- Junior Showmanship Report
- Junior Pin and Title Bars
- Junior Newsletter
- Junior Scholarship & Past Recipients
- Junior Showmanship Judging Guide
- Pee Wee Special Attraction Guidelines
- Junior Showcase Events
AKC National Championship Events
AKC Junior Recognition Program
AKC Junior Ambassador Program
- Junior Ambassador Program
- Junior Ambassador Brochure
- Junior Ambassador Participation Form