Breed Handling

Conformation is a competitive dog sport during which purebred dogs are presented in dog shows and judged for congruity with their respective breed standards. Conformation trials, or dog shows, are designed to display purebred dogs with ideal characteristics of their respective breeds as determined by a purebred dog association such as the American Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club. Ultimately, the goal is to maintain the highest standards of the dog breed so that future lines remain of the highest quality and inherited health issues are minimized. During conformation, show dogs are judged by knowledgeable and experienced purebred experts who assess the dogs' physical characteristics, gait, and temperament.