Showing content tagged with: conformation

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Expert Advice: News This 88-Year-Old Competitor Proves There Are No Age Limits When It Comes to Dog Sports
Donna Elizares is 88, yet she still embraces the mental and physical dynamics of dog-ring challenges. Since 1946, when she was a 16-year-old showing a Pekingese in conformation, Elizares, of Damascus, Ore., has competed in American Kennel Club (AKC) sports. She was inducted into the Papillon Club of America Hall of Fame in 2017 and […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/88-year-old-competitor/ | September 14, 2018
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Expert Advice: News Max the Westie Is a Champion at Therapy Work and Conformation
When Drs. Carole Schuster and Philip Abessinio, of Locust Valley, N.Y., bought their West Highland White Terrier four years ago, the duo set some ambitious goals. They hoped their new canine companion, Max, would be a therapy dog, Canine Good Citizen, and a successful conformation competitor. The dynamic, 20-pound pup hasn't disappointed. "I was looking […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/west-highland-white-terrier-max-therapy/ | July 31, 2018
Sports & Events The Road to Best in Show
Showing dogs is a fun sport where the thrill of competition is combined with the joy of seeing beautiful dogs. Dog shows, or conformation events, originated as a way for breeders to evaluate their breeding stock. While the purpose remains, dog shows are a great opportunity to socialize with people in your breed and develop […]
https://www.akc.org/sports/conformation/resources/road-to-best-in-show/ | June 18, 2018
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Expert Advice: Sports Allan Unleashed: The Importance of Small Dog Shows
I recently participated in my local all-breed kennel club’s annual show weekend. As always, it was a friendly, laid-back event, less than 1,000 dogs — although the entry was up by 150 this year — and the shows drew some nationally ranked Top 10 canines from many far-flung states. I made myself useful stewarding each […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/sports/allan-unleashed-small-dog-shows/ | June 6, 2018
Bingley
Expert Advice: News From Evacuation Centers to Hospitals, Therapy Dog Bingley’s Comfort Zone Has No Limits
When Bingley and owner Denise Fitzgerald wake up in the morning, he climbs on top of her, places a paw on each side of her neck, and pushes his little flat face against hers. After that greeting, the day just gets better and better for the Templeton, Calif., pair — and everyone they encounter. Bingley, […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/therapy-dog-bingley/ | May 11, 2018
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Expert Advice: Conformation New Kids on the Block: Millennials in the Dog Fancy Share Their Tips
As all dog breeders know, you’re only as good as your latest generation. After all, those promising newbies are the ones on which you build your future. The sport of dogs is governed by the same principle: Newcomers in all venues — from conformation to obedience to agility, not to mention breeding — are vitally […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/sports/dog-fancy-tips-millennials/ | April 17, 2018
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Expert Advice: Conformation A Crash Course in Conformation From 8 Passionate Competitors
It can feel daunting at first, but everyone’s got to start somewhere when it comes to conformation. While this handy guide serves as an excellent resource, we were on the ground at the annual Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show at Centurylink Field Event Center earlier this month to gain some firsthand insight into showing dogs. […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/sports/conformation-101/ | March 27, 2018
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Expert Advice: Sports These 12 Juniors Are Taking the Conformation World by Storm!
Ever wonder how handlers get into conformation? Well, many of them start out in Junior Showmanship. And it turns out the kids have a lot to say! We chatted with 12 youngsters ranging from the ages of seven to 16 years at the annual Seattle Kennel Club (SKC) Dog Show at Centurylink Field on March […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/sports/12-juniors-taking-conformation-world-by-storm/ | March 23, 2018
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Expert Advice: Dog Breeding Allan Unleashed: Maintaining Your Goals in a Changing World
When we first began our individual journeys in the sport of dog breeding and showing, we did so with the highest of ideals, hoping not only to succeed, but also to make worthwhile contributions to our breed and the fancy. Along the way, we meet those who are prepared to cut corners and do what’s expedient, if not in the […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/dog-breeding/allan-unleashed-maintaining-goals-changing-world/ | March 1, 2018
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Expert Advice: News From the Cockpit to Dog-Training Class, This Owner-Handler Blends Two Challenging Worlds​
Bonnet started as Horton's Novice A dog. The pair competed successfully all the way to a UDX title. The Norwegian Elkhound survived a stroke and was "truly a hero," showing her owner "what was important in life that I did not already know" he says. While he doesn’t have an iconic Superman "S" on his […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/cockpit-to-dog-training-class-owner-handler-blends-two-worlds/ | February 20, 2018

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