All-Breed and Specialty Shows

In an all-breed show, dogs compete against other dogs of the same breed in breed classes to win BOB (Best of Breed) and then against dogs of different breeds to win BIG (Best In Group) and BIS (Best In Show).

In specialty shows, only one breed may be entered and dogs of that breed compete against each other to win BISS (Best In Specialty Show).

Last Updated: 7/18/2011 8:31:43 PM



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There are about 900 breeds of sheep in the world.
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A specialty show may be regional or national. A "Best in Show" win at a national specialty show is tremendously prestigious, indicating that the winning dog or bitch triumphed at a contest which attracted entries from the most serious fanciers of that breed in the country or continent. Some specialty shows attract international entries.
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The figure 8 exercise requires the team to heel in a figure 8 pattern either on or off leash. Generally two of the ring stewards will assist the judge with this exercise by acting as "posts", standing 8 feet apart, that the team walks around to form the loops of the figure 8.