WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
Showing dogs is a great sport where the thrill of competition is combined with the joy of seeing beautiful dogs. Dog shows and conformations events are intended to evaluate the dog's over all appearance and structure for future breeding stock. Shows can have up to over 3,000 dogs entered.
All Breed shows can include all of the registerable breeds recognized by AKC. Specialty shows are restricted to dogs of a specific breed. For example, the Vizsla Club of America National Specialty is for featuring Vizslas only.
A dog must be at least 6 months old to compete in AKC dog shows. There are classes especially for puppies under 12 months old. Spayed and neutered dogs are not permitted to participate in dog shows, but can compete in all other AKC events.
Judges examine the dogs and give awards, points, for how closely each dog represents the judges mental image of the perfect dog described in that breed's official standard, AKC Vizsla Standard, giving a first through forth ribbon in each class. Males and females are judged separately within their respective breed.
Only the best male, Winners Dog, and the best bitch, Winners Bitch, are awarded the points, after which they compete with the Champions of record for the Best of Breed, Group placements, and then go on to the Best in Show!
It takes 15 points, including two majors (a win of 3, 4 or 5 points) for a dog to achieve its AKC Championship.
After the Champion title is achieved, it then takes 25 more points, including 3 majors (a win of 3, 4 or 5 points) for dog to achieve its AKC Grand Championship. There are several levels of GCH, Bronze, Silver, Gold & Platinum.