What is a Conformation Event?

The Poodle has a breed standard which is a word description of the perfect example of the breed. The standard describes the mental and physical characteristics of the Poodle to perform the function for which they were originated, including looks, movement and temperament. Responsible breeders of Poodles are attempting to produce a dog that most closely conforms to the breed standard.

According to the American Kennel Club: In this respect, conformation dog shows are not unlike cat shows, bird shows, cattle shows, horse shows, etc. In fact, for almost every species bred by man there are competitions among breeders. AKC approved judges examine the dogs and place them in accordance to how close each dog compares with their mental image of the "perfect" dog as described in the breed's official standard. Dog shows (conformation events) are intended to evaluate breeding stock. The size of these events ranges from large all-breed shows, with over 3,000 dogs entered, to small local specialty club shows, featuring a specific breed. The dog's conformation (overall appearance and structure), an indication of the dog's ability to produce quality puppies, is judged. Most dogs in competition at conformation shows are competing for points toward their AKC championships. It takes fifteen points, including two majors (wins of three, four or five points) awarded by at least three different judges, to become an American Kennel Club "Champion of Record."

A Beginner's Guide to Dog Shows
Frequently Asked Conformation Questions
Explanation of an All Breed and Specialty

Upcoming Dog Shows

The following is a list of Licensed Superintendents who send out information regarding upcoming shows for which they are responsible. You may wish to contact the Superintendents and request to be placed on their mailing lists or visit their websites to find out about upcoming shows.

BaRay Event Services, Inc.
Foy Trent Dog Shows
Jack Bradshaw Dog Shows
Jack Onofrio Dog Shows, L.L.C.
MB-F, Inc.
Rau Dog Shows, Ltd.
Roy Jones Dog Shows, Inc

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