What is a CONFORMATION show?

- A conformation show, also referred to as a breed show, is a kind of dog show in which a judge familiar with a specific dog breed evaluates individual purebred dogs for how well the dogs conform to the established breed type for their breed, as described in a breed's individual breed standard.

Such shows are useful to breeders as a means of evaluating dogs for breeding purposes. A conformation championship is generally considered a reasonably objective indication of merit, as it indicates that the dog has been found to be a superior example of its breed by some number of different judges on some number of separate occasions. Many breeders even consider championship a prerequisite for breeding.

So how does the Judge pick the winners?

- A conformation dog show is not a comparison of one dog to another but a comparison of each dog to a judge's mental image of the ideal breed type as outlined in the breed standardDog show judges attempt to identify dogs who epitomize the published standards for the breed. This can be challenging, because some judgments must necessarily be subjective. As an example, what exactly entails " having control of his/ her own area" or a "cheerful attitude", descriptions found in breed standard, can only be learned through experience with the breed.

What if my dog is not friendly with other dogs?

- We understand, Adults Dogs may be boisterous, this breed is not one that necessarily enjoys another dogs company. Some are more tolerant of others, but it is generally accepted that they can and may exhibit dog aggression and also have a fairly high prey drive towards smaller animals. The dog should always be in control of his/ her own area, interested in their surroundings and affectionate towards it family. The American Pit Bull Terrier should not be nervous, shy, or spooky to the point of “hugging the ground”, spastic with fear, or tail tucked continuously. Human Aggression is not tolerated and is a disqualification. This breed is confident and happy, full of life dog; often described as having a sense of humor and that is the type of attitude the judge is looking for in the show ring.

Ok, this sounds like fun what do I need to do to show my dog?

First off you will have to register your dog with the AADRI if you haven't already done so. You will need a crate so your dog has a place to hang out between shows, a flat buckle collar and 4ft. lead is required in the show ring. Go to the Events page or AADRI Facebook page and find a show you would like to go to. When you arrive at the show grounds find the registration table and fill out your entry form and pay your entry fees and don't be shy the people sitting at the table are there to help. Before each show a handlers meeting is held and the judge will explain what he or she is expecting in the Show ring. They will ask if anyone is new to showing dogs and you should raise your hand at that point the judge will pull you to the side and explain things with hands on detail and answer any questions.

We here at AADRI pride ourselves on creating a welcoming and family friendly environment so please come out and have fun with us!