The club’s annual Championship dog shows are fast approaching, set to be held on Labour Day, Monday the 13th of March. The dog shows are where all pedigree dogs come together to compete in conformation classes under the judge appointed for the show. This year we combine a selection of Victorian judges with a poodle specialist coming down from Queensland for our event.
During a championship show, dogs each await their turn for time in front of the judge who assesses them on their conformation, movement and temperament. The judge will select which exhibit they think is the most like the standard that is specified by the ANKC (Australian National Kennel Council).
The standard is often referred to as the blue print for each breed, what breeders are aiming to breed to with each litter. The standard specifies what colour they should be, what their coat is like, how tall, how long, how they should move, how they should behave and so on. This is to the purpose of defining how the dog will best suit it’s original purpose.
Thus the judge’s role on the day is to find the dog that best conforms to it’s specified standard. The best dog and bitch for each breed selected on the day are awarded the “Challenge” as well as points which they accumulate towards their Australian Championship title. The best example of each breed will then compete against the other “Best of Breed” winners within their group.
There are seven groups, broken into types of breeds; Toys, Terriers, Gun Dogs, Hounds, Working Dogs, Utility and Non-Sporting. The seven dogs selected as the “Best Exhibit in Group” for each group will then compete for the highly sought after prize of “Best Exhibit in Show”.
We are expecting between two and three hundred exhibitors on the grounds, bringing with them over five hundred dogs to be shown on the day. There will be lots of grooming, pampering and party tricks whilst exhibitors attempt to prove to the judge that their dog is worthy of the top prize.
Judging will commence at 7:30am for the morning show and 1:00pm for the afternoon show. Come and join the fun to see who is crowned the “Best Exhibit in Show” for our 2017 shows.