Telling If A Dog Is Show Quality

The best way to judge a dog is by comparing him or her to other dogs of the same breed that are doing well in shows. Don’t expect the first dog you buy to be of the same quality as a dog that has won multiple BIBs, but you should look for a dog that is the same quality as other dogs that are consistently taking WB/WD.

Many people use calculators designed by themselves or by other users to determine a percentage based on how closely a dog matches his breed standard. These “evaluators” can be very helpful in determining how dogs will do in shows, but these are not based on the actual judging system. You certainly may use an evaluator for your dogs if you choose to do so. However, you should not use a dog’s percentage as the sole determining factor in whether or not you keep that dog, and you certainly should spend more time looking at the dog’s actual traits when you are choosing animals to breed. Breeding an 85% dog to an 85% bitch is not automatically going to give you 85% puppies, especially if the dogs’ traits are not complimentary.

Last Updated: 9/27/2005 7:50:37 PM

Did you know?
The largest and most prestigious dog show in America is the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, was established in 1877 and is held annually at Madison Square Garden in New York City.