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AKC Point Schedule - Newfoundlands
(Effective May 14, 2014)
Conformation compares each dog to the Breed Standard, a written description of perfection for the breed. The dog and bitch that "conform" best to the Standard are awarded Championship Points, the number of which are based upon the number of other dogs entered of the same sex. Conformation events (commonly referred to as Dog Shows) allow breeders to compare their breeding programs with others and have their progeny evaluated by a non-biased judge.
There are three types of conformation dog shows:
All-breed shows offer competitions for over 150 breeds and varieties of dogs recognized by the AKC. All-breed shows are the type often shown on television
Specialty shows are restricted to dogs of a specific breed or to varieties of one breed. For example, the Newfoundland Club of America Specialty is for Newfoundlands only.
Group shows are limited to dogs belonging to one of the seven groups. For example, the Potomac Hound Group show features only breeds belonging to the Hound group.
Which Dogs May Participate
To be eligible to compete, a dog must:
be individually registered with the American Kennel Club
be of age 6 months or older
be a breed for which classes are offered at a show
meet any eligibility requirements in the written standard for its breed
Spayed or neutered dogs are not eligible to compete in conformation classes at a dog show, because the purpose of a dog show is to evaluate breeding stock.
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