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Junior Showmanship

Junior's Page Editor - Penny Lewis

All information on this page is provided by our Canadian Show Dogs (YahooGroups) list members....if you don't see it - write it - and send it in to our Editor! Last update August 2004


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In the USA - AKC requires a competing Junior to either own or co-own the dog they are showing or be directly related to the person who owns the dog (parent's dogs, aunt's, an uncle, grandparent, step-parent's). Dog and handler have to enter before the closing date (which is usually about 2-3 weeks before the show). If we want to make a dog switch before a show, it has to be at least a half hour before the time you are showing. We have novice and senior classes, we can get points for winning and those determine the top juniors in the breed and overall workings. We also are allowed to use bait. To be eligible for the Westminster Kennel Club show, the juniors have to get 8 wins in an open class with competition. There are novice junior, novice senior, open junior, open senior classes. You need 3 wins to get out of the novice classes and then, you need 8 wins in one of the open classes to get to Westminster. The wins have to be before October 10th. -- submitted by Jaimie Short

Commonly Asked Questions by Judges
What breed is your dog?
What Group number?
What is the name of that Group?
What class would your dog be entered in a regular show?
What is a Specialty?
How old is a dog to be in a Veterans class?
Are there any Disqualifications?
What are the height ranges for your dog?
Where did your dog originate?
What is your dog’s purpose?
How many points does your dog have to get before it is a Champion?
When you look at a judging schedule and you see four numbers, what do they mean?
How old is your breed?
How many teeth does a dog have?
Is there anything special about your dog that the judges look for?
What is Yellowgrass?
What are Button Ears?
What are Dew Claws?
What are Filbert Shaped Ears?
What is the Humerus?

Commonly Asked Parts of the Dog
Muzzle - nose of the dog
Stop - where the nose ends. Some dogs don't have an apparent one
Occuput - point at the back of the head
Crest - the range from the head to the withers
Withers - top of the shoulders just behind the neck
Backline - the "back" of your dog
Croup - beginning of the tail
Tail - the "tail" of your dog
Haw - the third eyelid
Sternum - breastbone
Forechest - front of your dog
Pasterns - the front wrists of your dog
Hock - the back ankle of your dog
Digits or Phalanges - toes
Brisket - chest of the dog
Stifle – the dog's knee located on the hind leg above the ankle
Loin – the parts of the body located on both sides of the backbone between the ribs and the hips

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