Getting Started Showing a Dog

The first step is contacting a breed club to see if your dog is considered “show quality.”

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Q. My dog is a purebred Bichon Frise and I'd like to get into shows. How do I go about doing that if I'm under 18?

A. Your age has nothing to do with entering your Bichon in a dog show. If your dog is registered, contact your breeder or your local Bichon Frise club to find out if your dog is considered “show quality.” In other words, does he meet the criteria of the Bichon Frise breed standard?

You should attend some dog shows without your dog to see what the champion Bichons look like and how they are shown. Achieving the powder puff look required for the show ring is difficult and not a talent learned overnight. Your dog may have a better chance being shown by a professional handler who has the skill to groom and exhibit the dog competitively.

Not every purebred dog is automatically a show dog. However, since dog shows are an expensive hobby, you want to start out knowing that you have a dog that can hold his own in the show ring.

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Lisa   Elk Grove, CA

5/25/2012 3:57:38 PM

From what I understand many dog shows are getting smaller and smaller. I think the author missed an opportunity to encourage new blood. This kids dog may or may not be Champion material but they want to show. I think suggesting handling classes would have been a good start verses suggest a pro handler. I am very new to showing and my current dog may not meet the breed standard in all ways but I am having a great deal of fun. My next dog will be more correct but right now I am learning a great deal with my current dog. Not every dog is show quality but they can still teach you the ropes.

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