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Dog Shows

Conformation dog shows are events held for the purpose of evaluating
how well individual dogs of specific breeds conform to published breed
Conformation shows are typically held under the auspices of a
kennel club. At the highest levels are Championship or all-breed shows,
which have separate classes for the majority of breeds. The first
conformation dog show was held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England in 1859.

There are three types of conformation dog shows:

All-breed dog shows offer competitions for all the breeds and varieties of
dogs recognized by the parent
kennel club (American Kennel Club, Canadian
Kennel Club, The Kennel Club UK, Australian National Kennel Club, etc )

Specialty dog shows are restricted to dogs of a specific breed group or  
varieties of one breed.  They are usually organized by a breed club.

Group dog shows are limited to dogs belonging to one of the recognized  

The major national
kennel club for each country organizes breeds into
breed groups. The naming and organization of
Breed Groups may vary from
country to country. Some rare new breeds or newly documented traditional
breeds may be awaiting approval by a given kennel club, and may not yet
be assigned to a particular Breed Group.

In addition to the major registries, there are a nearly infinite number of
sporting clubs, breed clubs, minor kennel clubs, and internet-based breed
registries and dog registration businesses in which breeds may be
organized into whatever Breed Group the club, minor registry, or dog
business may devise

Recognized Breed Groups

The Fédération Cynologique Internationale makes sure that dogs in its 84
member countries can compete together, by establishing common
nomenclature and making sure that pedigrees are mutually recognized in all
the member countries. Dog breeds are organized in ten groups, each with
subsections according to breed type and origin.
Group 1 Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
Group 2 Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid Breeds, Swiss Mountain & Cattle
Group 3 Terriers
Group 4 Dachshunds
Group 5 Spitz and Primitive types
Group 6 Scenthounds and Related Breeds
Group 7 Pointing Dogs
Group 8 Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
Group 9 Companion and Toy Dogs
Group 10 Sighthounds

The Kennel Club(UK)
The Kennel Club (UK)  the original and oldest kennel club, is not a member
of  Fédération Cynologique Internationale. Dogs are placed in the following
Hound Group
Gundog Group
Terrier Group
Utility Group
Working Group
Pastoral Group
Toy Group
Working class here indicates dogs that are not hunting dogs that work
directly for people, such as police dogs, search and rescue dogs, and others.
Dogs that work with livestock are in the Pastoral Group.

Australia and New Zealand
The Australian National Kennel Council and the New Zealand Kennel Club
recognize similar groups to The Kennel Club UK:
Group 1 (Toys)

Group 2 (Terriers)

Group 3 (Gundogs)

Group 4 (Hounds)
Group 5 (Working Dogs)
Group 6 (Utility)

Group 7 (Non Sporting)

North America
The Canadian Kennel Club and the two major kennel clubs in the United
States have similar groups, although they may not include the same dogs in
the same groupings.

Canadian Kennel Club recognized Breed Groups:
Group 1Sporting Dogs
Group 2 Hounds
Group 3 Working Dogs
Group 4 Terriers
Group 5Toys
Group 6 Non-Sporting
Group 7 Herding

American Kennel Club
recognized Breed Groups:
Sporting Group
Hound Group
Working Group
Terrier Group
Toy Group
Non-Sporting Group
Herding Group

United Kennel Club (US)
recognized Breed Groups:
Companion Dog Group
Guardian Dog Group
Gun Dog Group
Herding Dog Group
Northern Breed Group
Scenthound Group
Sighthound & Pariah Group
Terrier Group

List of dogs by breed, with classification by the various
Kennel Clubs
Prestigious Dog Shows

Crufts (UK)
Crufts was first held in 1891. Since its
centenery year in 1991, the show has
officially been recognised as the world's
largest and most prestigious dog show
by the Guinness Book of Records, with a
total of 22,973 dogs being exhibited.
Crufts is held over 4 days at the
National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in
Birmingham. It is the largest annual
event held at the venue, with an
estimated 160,000 human visitors in
2008. The winner of the title of "Best In
Show" receives a replica of the solid
silver Keddall Memorial Trophy and a  
small cash prize of £100 ($200).

DFS Crufts 2014 dates:
- 9  March 2014
At the NEC, Birmingham

Westminster Kennel Club
The largest and most prestigious dog
show in America, the Westminster
Kennel Club Dog Show, was established
in 1877 and is held annually at Madison
Square Garden in New York City. The
2008 show had a total entry of 2,627
dogs making the event the second
largest continuously held sporting event
in America.

The Westminster Kennel Club
8th Annual Dog Show
February 10 - 11, 2014
Madison Square Garden
New York, New York

World Dog Show
The World Dog Show is sponsored by
Fédération Cynologique
Internationale for international
championships in conformation and
other dog sports. The location rotates
between member countries.

Aug 8, 2014

Euro Dog Show 2014 Czech Republic
Oct 23, 2014

World Dog Show 2015 – Milan

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Congratulations Westminster Winners

The 2014 Best In Show Trophy was awarded to
"GCH Afterall Painting The Sky" a.k.a. "Sky," a Wire Fox Terrier.

2014 Reserve Best In Show was awarded to
"GCH Brighton Lakeridge Encore," a Standard Poodle.