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Showing Your Dog

Entering an ANKC Show

Part of joining Dogs SA is that you will have access to our monthly journal. Our journal contains all the schedules for upcoming shows. The schedules explain many important details including the:

  • Date of the fixture
  • Type of the fixture (Championship Show, Open Show, Parade etc
  • Judge or judges officiating
  • Details of an online entry provider and, for mail entries, the name and address of the club secretary or cataloguer to whom the entries should be sent
  • Closing date for lodgement of entries
  • Classes offered for judging at the show
  • Any other important information relevant to the show

If it is an all breeds, group, multi-breed or individual breed specialty show and whether it is a championship show (a show which allows you to gain championship points towards your Australian Championship Title) or an Open Show which is the same just without Championship points, there will be a date of the show and the closing date for that show. Many clubs use an online entry service, and the name of the company will be listed on the clubs’ schedule. All you will need to do is follow the guide to enter your dog’s details (be sure they match what is written of your Pedigree Papers). If you choose to enter via postal/paper entry you will need an entry book (available from the Dogs SA Office) along with the entry form, you will need to enclose a cheque addressed to the club with the correct entry amount.

How a Show is Run

Most shows are run in individual groups and in alphabetical order. All shows have a starting time and there is no set time for your breed to be judged other than the start time. It is up to you to be at the show and ready before your breed. For a show to run smoothly they must judge in an efficient time frame, therefore cannot hold up or wait for exhibitors – you get three calls to enter the ring – after that you are called absent.

Upon arrival you must collect your numbers and catalogue for the show secretary, you will need a number holder which is placed on your left forearm or pinned on your left lapel. Watch how other exhibitors are wearing their numbers. It’s common courtesy to mark your number with the ring steward and you must be ready to enter the ring once your number is called.

Dogs and bitches are judged separately with a maximum of 14 different age classes with available placings for 1st, 2nd or 3rd, except at larger specialty shows where numbers of entries may go up to fourth and fifth, depending on the total entry. The Neuter Class is in addition to this.

Some shows also conduct ‘sweepstakes’ competitions for two age groups – Baby Puppies (3-6 months) and Puppies (6-12 months). All dogs and bitches of every breed in the show are eligible to enter and compete against each other at the same time.

Challenge Points

Challenge points are only awarded at Championship Shows and are given t the Best Dog (Challenge Dog) and Best Bitch (Challenge Bitch) for each breed. One hundred Challenge points are required before a dog can be awarded the title of Australian Champion, this title is retained for life and the initials Ch. Become part of the dog’s registered name. judging usually begins in all rings at the same time with the various breeds, followed by group judging, and then General Specials. In All Breed Shows dogs are judged alphabetically by breed according to Group Classification.

Best in Breed

For each breed, dog classes are judged before bitch classes, the winners of each class, excluding Baby Puppy, compete for the Challenge (if it’s a Championship Show) or Best in Breed for its not.

The dog selected as Challenge will then leave the ring and the dog that came second in the same class as the Challenge winner returns to compete for Reserve Challenge, the bitches are judged similarly. When the judging for Challenge and Reserve Challenge Bitch is completed the Challenge Dog re-enters the ring to compete with the Challenge Bitch for Best of Breed.

Whoever wins this leaves the ring and is replaced by the Reserve Challenge of the same sex as the Best of Breed and then competes with the opposite Challenge winner for Runner-Up Best of Breed. The Best and Runner-up Best of Breed automatically win their respective Class in Breed.

The winners of each class then compete with the opposite sex winner of the same class for Class in Breed and the winners for each class then process to compete for Class in Group.

Best in Group

When all the breeds in the group have been judged, all Best of Breeds enter in alphabetical order to compete for Best in Group. The Runner-up Best of Breed the comes in to compete against all other Best of Breed winners for the Runner-up Best in Group.

Best in Group and Runner-up Best in Group winners are automatically the Best Exhibit in whatever classes they were entered into. All other classes are then judged by having all winners for each particular age group compete for that Class in Group. This is important to stay for group specials if you have won BOB, RUBOB or any class in Breed.

General Specials (Best in Show)

When all groups have been judges, the seven Best in Group winners enter the General Specials ring for Best in Show and the judging sequence for Best in Group is repeated.

The Runner-up Best in Group to the Best in Group – winning dog or bitch that wins Best in Show comes in for Runner-up Best in Show. These two dog/bitches are automatically Best in Class in Show, and all other Class in Shows are judged in the same manner as the Class in Groups.

Basic Preparation of your Breed

Every breed has a various degree of grooming and preparation for showing. All dogs must be freshly bathed and groomed for judging. Ears cleaned, nails trimmed and knot free. Higher preparation breeds must be trimmed/styled in their correct way for that breed. It’s very important to make sure your dog s trimmed to a traditional show trim for your breed. Non-traditional trims are not acceptable in the show ring.

Basic Training of your Dog

They must be able to walk/run in a controlled manner in the ring, must stand on the ground and if a small ‘tabled’ breed, the table also. They must allow a judge to physically examine them, must show a stable temperament and show no aggression or shyness. There are many ways to gain experience for both you and the dog by attending show training classes held every Wednesday night at David Roche Park, Kilburn.

Dress Code

There is no actual dress code for dog shows other than footwear. Shoes must be fully enclosed and able to easily walk/run in. Clothes must be neat and tidy, however as long as it’s smart, clean and not too distracting from the dog it should be perfectly acceptable.

What to Take to a Show

Comfort for you and your dog is the most important thing, providing water, a water bowl, shade and somewhere to securely put your dog (ie. crate or pen). Your dog is 100% your responsibility at shows and having something that allows you the ability to leave your dog safe and secure is very important. Many people take folding chairs and a form of shade or weather protection (a fold up gazebo works perfectly).

Entering the Ring

Once your breed is getting ready for judging make sure you are also ready at ring side. Mark off your number with the steward and be ready for it to be called. In the ring the judge will ask what they require you to do, if you don’t hear or understand politely ask again.

Basic Ring Patterns

Every ring pattern has a purpose for a judge to assess the dog. Ring patters allow the judge to see four basic things, 1 side movement, 2 overall balance of dog, 3 rear movement and 4 front movement – therefore using smooth straight lines with a smooth and collected gait is the most efficient way for a judge to observe your dog.

Table Stacking/Ground Stacking for Examination

It’s important to practice standing the dog on the ground and table if needed. On the ground to allow the judge to see the outline of the dog and for the dog to be standing balanced without legs being over or under stacked and hold that shape. On the table it is important to be at the front of the table and more towards the side of the judge. This is so the judge can easily reach the dog and perform the physical examination without overreaching. Standing correctly with a balanced outline is just as important on the table. Both require regular practice. Mouth/showing teeth is another important skill, the judge will normally check this themselves, so it is important to train your dog to be accustomed to having this done by a stranger. At times the judge will ask you to mouth your dog for them, both skills need practice.

Collecting any BOB, Challenge or in Group/in Show Cards

At the end of the group judging any challenge and in group certificates will be available for collection. Collecting challenge certificates and BOB certificates is important as they are a record of your dogs’ points towards their championship title. If your dog has won an in group award these will not be available until after General Specials judging.

Show Training

Wednesday night Show Training is held at David Roche Park, Cromwell Road, Kilburn.

Richard Chapman-Stevens

Baby Puppy classes start at 6.30pm (3 – 6 months)

Adult classes start at 7.10pm (over 6 months)

All members welcome – Gold coin donation to cover lights

Please remember to sign in with your QR code and separately with your name and membership number.

Hot Water Policy

Hot Weather Rules for Conformation, Obedience, Agility, Earthdog, Herding, Dances with Dogs, Lure Coursing and Sled Sport

10. The following Exhibitions must be cancelled when the forecast temperature at 10.00a.m from the site two days prior for (07/10)

(a) Conformation Exhibitions, is 37 degrees Celsius or higher;

(b) Obedience, Agility, Earthdog Lure Coursing Trials and Dances with Dogs Competitions, is 34 degrees Celsius or higher; and (07/16)

(c) Herding Trials, Tests and training, is 30 degrees Celsius or higher.

(d) Tracking Trials, is 32 degrees Celsius or higher (01/16)

(e) Sled Sport – Sled Racing 15 degrees Celsius or higher, BackPacking/Hiking 25 degrees Celsius or higher Weight Pull 20 degrees Celsius or higher. (06/17)

(f) Retrieving, Field and RATG is 32 degrees Celsius or higher unless there is ample swimming water on the property. (01/19)

This temperature and timeline will be final for the decision to cancel an Exhibition.

11.  For multiple Exhibitions scheduled for a weekend, only those Exhibitions where the temperature does not comply with those specified in these rules, must be cancelled.

12. It is the responsibility of an exhibitor to check two days  prior to the Exhibition that the  temperature for the day, at the locality where the Exhibition is to be held, is in accordance with these rules. (07/10)

13.  All schedules must state that where an Exhibition is cancelled in accordance with the Hot Weather Rules, no entry fees will be refunded.

14.  The Affiliate Member must notify SACA Office and officials of their decision to cancel immediately. 

15.  Where the Affiliate Member has cancelled an Exhibition the Secretary or Convenor  must submit a copy of the catalogue to the Executive Officer within 14 days of the date of cancellation.

16. All levies from entries fees and ground hire fees where applicable will be paid to the SACA.

17. All contracted Judges, Stewards and SACA Representative fees must be paid.

18. Exception to these rules is where an Exhibition has been scheduled to be held in an air conditioned venue or where the Exhibition is scheduled to start not before 6.00pm (07/10)

Additional Resources

Approved Junior Showmanship Judges

Adams, Kimberley
0458 553 213
Adams, Tania
0407 224 500
Anderson, Allen
0405 311 096
Baker, Wendy
08 7190 1801
Beavis, Amber
0435 082 735
Beavis, Tanya
0435 082 735
Binding, Jeffrey
0452 441 258
Buckley, John
0422 030 691
Buckley, Patricia
0423 958 223
Budd, Heather
0428 331 974
Butterfield, Jean
0412 471 802
Carter, Erin
0415 157 985
Carter, Valerie
0417 869 099
Chapman-Stevens, Richard
0412 565 447
Chapman-Stevens, Lauren
0403 713 503
Clarke, Ben
0423 114 464
Cook, Kristen
0498 178 202
Cook, Paul
0491 877 050
Danaher, Rachel
0478 297 506
Davis, Karen
0417 805 516
De Lucia, Jenny
0408 100 745
Divola, Ashleigh
0431 967 780
Farrell, Brittany
0421 827 008
Gunn, Annabel
0438 551 561
Hann, Natalie
0417 810 267
Hansen, Kaye
0409 693 323
Harding, Kari
0433 735 095
Hartnett, Renee
0400 404 081
Haseldine, Chevaun
0402 913 806
Haynes, Tori
0420 765 883
Hinks, Teegan
0467 468 950
Huitema, Tania
0408 433 981
Hutchings, Rachel
0421 728 090
Jones, Annette
0419 867 140
Lewis, Kristy
0403 001 696
Luxton, Ben
0409 099 730
McArthur, Lyn
0408 803 026
McKay, Kerry
0429 133 858
Mackness, Fiona
0410 478 309
Martin, Abbey
0437 793 416
Milne, Carmen
0449 747 847
Musolino, Julie
0402 289 319
Musolino, Bianca
0481 232 636
Nichols, Jenifer
0418 837 672
O’Loughlin, Andrew
0422 367 598
O’Malley, Kristen
0406 112 490
Pearson, Kerryn
0488 639 663
Pike, Sheryle
0432 465 912
Pike, Jane
0413 347 247
Podger, Sadie
0419 848 854
Probert, Melita
Rasche, Jo
Raymond, Anne
0468 950 450
Schwerdt, Lauren
0430 185 578
Smith, Matthew
0413 498 788
Smith, Lyndsey
0431 159 399
Spear, Christine
0412 752 396
Sunman, Tina
0466 838 378
Swalling, Sue
0407 606 148
Taylor, Ruth
0408 995 376
Thomson, Lindsey
0402 282 097
Tilley, Kylie
0413 278 852
Tucker, Karen
0448 777 289
Tulk, Courtney
0408 788 138
Wittenberg, Mr A
0448 569 884