The breeders at Ultimate Bulldogs certainly know the basics of entering a dog show. After all, they have been entering – and often winning – dog shows for over 20 years with their breeds of English bulldog. Their dogs have won small shows and large shows, minor awards and Best in Show. Ultimate Bulldogs is widely regarded as one of the premier breeders of English bulldogs in the United States, and possibly even in the world. If you are wondering what it takes to enter your dog into a dog show, here are a few of the basics from one of the breeders at Ultimate Bulldogs.
- Eligibility. Your dog must meet the basic eligibility requirements set out by the American Kennel Club, the foremost authority on dog shows in America, says the breeder from Ultimate Bulldogs. Your dog must be registered, first and foremost; he must be 6 months or older; must be of a breed which is represented at the show; and must meet the basic requirements for its breed, as written in the breed standards.
- Other Requirements. According to the breeder from Ultimate Bulldogs, your dog cannot be spayed or neutered if it is to enter a competition, which rules out a lot of amateur pet owners’ dogs. Part of the judging process in a dog show is evaluating the dog’s breeding stock for its possible future pedigree, so a spayed or neutered dog is automatically disqualified.
- Judging Standards. Once your dog meets the basic eligibility requirements, you may wonder what the judges will look for, says the breeder from Ultimate Bulldogs. For each breed of dog there is a written set of standards that constitutes the ideal for that breed. These written standards are used to evaluate a dog’s ability to perform the tasks for which the breed was initially bred, including physical structure, behavior, and gait. An individual judge uses these written standards to evaluate each contestant to determine how closely the dog conforms to this perfect standard.
- Class. If you have never been a professional, says the breeder from Ultimate Bulldogs, you can enter in a separate class at many shows called “Amateur-Owner-Handler.” This means you will be competing against other amateur handlers who have never been in dog shows, or who have never been professionals, at least. This way you can experience the thrills of the show without being intimidated going up against professionals.