What is Conformation?

Conformation is the process of establishing the standard for a particular dog breed, required to establish a pedigree line.

It is overseen by the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) through judging at shows.

Our Annual Conformation Shows

The highlight of Warragul Dog Obedience and Kennel Club’s calendar is the Labour Day Conformation Show held at our club venue. 

2018 Labour Day Conformation Dog Show, Monday 12th March @ Warragul Dog Club show venue.

The Club’s two annual championship dog shows on Labour Day were a great success with over 750 entries for each competition. The Shows also had an interstate judge adjudicate at the event. Many thanks to the Darnum-Ellinbank Country Fire Authority for catering on the day.

Best in Show for morning competition:                                                             Talkabout Kennels Saluki, Aust Sup Ch Talkabout Son of a Gun

Morning Show Results

Best in Show for afternoon competition:
Whitewarrior Ice Wolf Standing (AI)

Afternoon Show Results


What is Involved?

“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. Thus the judge’s role on the day is to find the dog that best represents the ANKC’s specified standard for breed.

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:
1) Toys
2) Terriers
3) Gun Dogs
4) Hounds
5) Working Dogs
6) Utility
7) Non-Sporting.

The seven dogs selected as the ‘Best Exhibit in Group’ then compete for the highly sought after prize of ‘Best Exhibit in Show’. ”


Reina (Ch. Jalorca La Vida Loca Reina ET) pictured with Alisha


By Alisha Van Vliet