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    DefaultA few dumb questions...

    Do they have a standard set of show categories for most shows or does it depend on how many registrants they have?

    Do they have age categories or just "puppy" and "adult"

    Are males and females in the same categories or are they separated?

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    Not a dumb question! I don't show in conformation, but I've learned a few things from going to shows (and it helps that I keep catatlogs from the shows I go to! ). The breed classes are broken down into several classes. There's Puppy 6- under 9 months, 9- under 12 months and 12- under 18 months. There are two classes in each age group- one for malesand one for females. Then there are the adult classes. Like with the puppy classes, there is one for males and one for females. Here's where my lack of knowledge really comes in, because I'm not sure who exactly can enter some of them. They are: Novice, Bred-By-Exhibitor, American Bred, and Open (this one is divided into 3 classes for each sex by color). Next the winners of each sex compete in Winners Dog or Winners B*tch. Then those two compete in Best of Breed, along with any dogs entered who are finished champions. The winner of that class goes on to the Group class (Sporting in the case of Labs). That's the Westminster class shown in the evenings. The Group winner goes on to compete in Best in Show.

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    Thanks! That helps. :O)

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    To expound on what was said already...

    All judging is broken down by sex. Male first, then female. The ONLY exception would be in the Champion class where all Champions are together, but typically dogs enter the ring first, then females, even if they are ALL in the ring at one time.

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    Males and females compete separately within their respective breeds, in seven regular classes. The following classes are offered, and are divided by sex:

    Puppy - For dogs between six and twelve months of age, that are not yet champions (optional class).

    Twelve-To-Eighteen Months - For dogs twelve to eighteen months of age, that are not yet champions (optional class).

    Novice - For dogs six months of age and over, which have not, prior to the date of closing of entries, won three first prizes in the Novice Class, a first prize in Bred-by-Exhibitor, American-bred, or Open Classes, nor one or more points toward their championship (optional class).

    Amateur-Owner-Handler – For dogs that are at least six months of age that are not champions. Dogs must be handled in the class by the registered owner of the dog and is limited to exhibitors who have not, at any point in time, been a professional dog handler, AKC approved conformation judge, or employed as an assistant to a professional handler (effective January 1, 2009) (optional class).

    Bred By Exhibitor - For dogs that are exhibited by their owner and breeder, that are not yet champions (optional class).

    American-Bred - For dogs born in the United States from a mating which took place in the United States, that are not yet champions (mandatory class).

    Open - For any dog of the breed, at least 6 months of age (mandatory class).

    After these classes are judged, all the dogs that won first place in a class compete again to see who is the best of the winning dogs. Males and females are judged separately. Only the best male (Winners Dog) and the best female (Winners Bitch) receive championship points. The Winners Dog and Winners Bitch then compete with the champions for the Best of Breed award. At the end of the Best of Breed Competition, three awards are usually given:

    Best of Breed - the dog judged as the best in its breed category.

    Best of Winners - the dog judged as the better of the Winners Dog and Winners Bitch.

    Best of Opposite Sex - the best dog that is the opposite sex to the Best of Breed winner.

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    Thank you Luvbrown.

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