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hours of grooming for their best presentation.
A show dog is a
dog who is displayed
dog shows to determine how well it conforms to established
In many cases, show dog is used to distinguish dogs whose appearance
is valued above its ability to do a job, or whose ancestors were
selected more for appearance than for skills, in comparison to
dogs. Show dogs are supposed to be breeding stock and therefore are
Dog shows are hierarchical competitions and winners earn points at each
level; these are recorded and added up and eventually a dog may earn enough
points to be accorded the title Champion.
Championship titles and registered names
A dog who has earned the Championship title is entitled to use the
designation "Champion" (or "Ch") in front of its name, for example, Ch.
Emerald's Brightest Sparkle.
Show dogs have a registered name, that is, the name under which they
are registered as a
with the appropriate
club, and a call name, which is how their owners talk to them.
The registered name often refers directly or indirectly to the kennel where
the dog was bred; kennel clubs often require that the
kennel prefix form the first part of the dog's registered name. For example,
all dogs bred at the Gold Mine Kennels would have names that begin with the
words "Gold Mine". The call name can be anything that the dog's owner prefers.
For example, Ch. Gold Mine Emerald's Brightest Sparkle might be called
“Goldie’, "Sparky", "Bright", "Green", "Precious", "Gem", or, for that matter, "Fido".
By contrast, dogs in the
breed registry of a working dog club must usually have simple, no-nonsense
monikers deemed to be “working dog names” such as “Pal”, “Blackie” or “Ginger”.
| Best of Breed
| Breed Clubs
| Breed Standard
| Champion Dog
| Companion Dog Title
| Conformation Point
| Dog Groups
| Dog Showmanship
| General Specials
| Gundog Group
| Herding Group
| Hound Group
| Nonsporting Group
| Novelty Show
| Show Dogs
| Working Groups
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