Dog Show Classes

When you enter a show on ShowDog.Com your dog will automatically be placed into its relevant class. You get credit for dogs you beat in each class but only receive points toward a championship by winning the Winners Dog or Winners Bitch awards.

Dogs and bitches that have already completed their championship.

Dogs and bitches under one month old.

1 to 1 1/2 Months
Dogs and bitches between one month and 1 1/2 months old.

Dogs over 1 1/2 months old that haven't finished first in their class in any previous shows.

Bred by Exhibitor
Dogs over 1 1/2 months old that have finished first in their class at least once and are exhibited by their breeder.

Starter Dogs
Starter dog simply means that the dog was created by a user selecting their first two dogs. It is the ShowDog.Com equivalent of the American Bred class.

All dogs that don't fit into any other category.

Vetrans (Only at Breed National Specialties)
All dogs over 120 days of age.


What class will my dog be shown in?
To determine what class your dog will show in just follow these steps...

1. Has your dog already completed its championship?
Yes - It will compete with the other champions in the Best of Breed competition. Your dog no longer competes in the regular classes.

No - Go to Step 2.

2. Is your dog less than one month old?
Yes - It will compete in the puppy division.

No - Go to Step 3.

3. Is your dog less than one-and-one-half months old?
Yes - It will compete in the 1 to 1 1/2 Month division.

No - Go to Step 4.

4. Has your dog won first in any class with at least two dogs before?
Yes - Go to Step 5.

No - It will compete in the Novice class.

5. Did you breed your dog yourself? (does not include original new user dog selection)
Yes - It will compete in the Bred By Exhibitor class.

No - Go to Step 6.

6. Was your dog created by a new user creating their first two dogs?
Yes - It will compete in the Starter Dog division.

No - It will compete in the Open division.

Last Updated: 5/30/2011 8:49:49 PM

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