How does a Conformation Show Work?

Understanding the Show

The judge begins with the Junior Puppy Male Class, evaluates each dog, awarding first, second, third and fourth placing depending on the number of entries in the class. Judging proceeds through Senior Puppy Male Class, the 12-18 months (12-15, 15-18 month class Specialties only, see 12.2.1), the Canadian Bred Class, the Bred by Exhibitor Class and the Open Class. After the male classes have been judged, the dogs placing first in each class are brought back into the ring to compete for the Winners Male award. After the Winners Male is selected, the dog that placed second to the Winners Male in its original class is brought back into the ring to compete against the other class winners for Reserve Winners Male. This dog will be awarded the points if for any reason the win of the Winners Male is disallowed by the CKC. The Veteran Male Class (available at Specialties only) is judged after the Reserve Winner award. The process is repeated for females through all the classes to the selection of Winners Female and Reserve Winners Female followed by Veterans Female Class.
Specials Only are Champions of record. All dogs entered in Specials Only are brought into the ring with the Veteran Male Class Winner, the Veteran Female Class Winner, the Winners Male and the Winners Female for the selection of Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed. Best of Winners is selected between the Winners Male and Winners Female. If the Winners Male or Winners Female is awarded Best of Breed, that dog is automatically Best of Winners. After the Best of Winners is awarded, the judge selects the Best Puppy in Breed from the undefeated puppies in competition.

On the completion of all Best of Breed judging within the group, the Best of Breed dogs are brought into the ring and the judge awards first, second, third and fourth in Group placings. Following the Group competition, Best Puppy in Breed winners are evaluated for the Best Puppy in Group award. All dogs which placed first in Group are brought into the ring. The judge selects one as the Best in Show. Similarly, Best Puppy in Show is selected from the Best Puppy in Group dogs.

Judging at a Conformation Show is a process of elimination. Each dog is evaluated in accordance with the standard for its breed.
NOTE: Classes shown in partial boxes are optional at AllBreed Shows.

ORDER OF JUDGING

Understanding the Show
The judge begins with the Junior Puppy Male Class, evaluates each dog, awarding first, second, third and fourth placing depending on the number of entries in the class. Judging proceeds through Senior Puppy Male Class, the 12-18 months (12-15, 15-18 month class Specialties only, see 12.2.1), the Canadian Bred Class, the Bred by Exhibitor Class and the Open Class. After the male classes have been judged, the dogs placing first in each class are brought back into the ring to compete for the Winners Male award. After the Winners Male is selected, the dog that placed second to the Winners Male in its original class is brought back into the ring to compete
against the other class winners for Reserve Winners Male.

This dog will be awarded the points if for any reason the win of the Winners Male is disallowed by the CKC. The Veteran Male Class (available at Specialties only) is judged after the Reserve Winner award. The process is repeated for females through all the classes to the selection of Winners Female and Reserve Winners Female followed by Veterans Female Class.
Specials Only are Champions of record. All dogs entered in Specials Only are brought into the ring with the Veteran Male Class Winner, the Veteran  Female  Class Winner,  the Winners Male and the Winners Female for the selection of Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed. Best of Winners is selected between the Winners Male and Winners Female. If the Winners Male or Winners Female is awarded Best of Breed, that dog is automatically Best of Winners. After the Best of Winners is awarded, the judge selects the Best Puppy in Breed from the undefeated puppies in competition. On the completion of all Best of Breed judging within the group, the Best of Breed dogs are brought into the ring and the judge awards first, second, third and fourth in Group placings. Following the Group competition, Best Puppy in Breed winners are evaluated for the Best Puppy in Group award. All dogs which placed first in Group are brought into the ring. The judge selects one as the Best in Show. Similarly, Best Puppy in Show is selected from the Best Puppy in Group dogs.

Judging at a Conformation Show is a process of elimination. Each dog is evaluated in accordance with the standard for its breed.

NOTE:
Classes
shown in partial boxes are optional at All-
Breed Shows.
Please refer to Section 12 of these rules for the definition of each class.

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1.2.2
“Limited breed show” is a show for more than one but not all recognized or listed breeds. Judging shall not proceed beyond the breed level except where a complete group is offered. Where a complete group is offered, judging may proceed to the group level.
Best in Show or Best Puppy in Show awards may not be made.

1.2.3
“Specialty conformation show” is a show given by a club formed for the improvement of any one or more (but not all) of recognized or listed breeds. A specialty show shall be confined to the breeds for which the club holding such a show was recognized to promote. Types
of specialty shows are: breed specialty; multiple breed specialty; group specialty and multiple group specialty.

1.2.4
“Field trial conformation show” is a show given in conjunction with a field trial. Only those dogs which have actually competed in the field trial may compete in the conformation show.

1.2.5
“Limited entry show” is a show where a club applies to hold a show for all breeds it is accredited to promote, but limits the total entry due to the geographical area or limitation of space. The maximum number of entries and reason, therefore, must be indicated on the front of the premium list.

1.2.6
“Multiple shows on same date” With the approval of the local CKC Board member, a club may apply to hold multiple shows on the
same day. The number of dogs in multiple shows shall be at the individual club’s discretion, however the upper limit will be a maximum of two hundred (200) dogs
.
A club that accepts more than the maximum number of dogs allowed will forfeit the right to further approvals under this section.

1.2.7
“Benched show” – see Section 2.8 “Benching”.

1.2.8
“Sanction match” is an informal event, held by a club obtaining the approval of the local CKC Board member for the zone in which the match will be held. Only recognized and listed breeds may compete how ever championship points are not awarded. Sanction matches shall be governed by the specific rules laid down for same and where a rule is not specified, the Conformation Rules and Regulations will apply.