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Showing Your Dog

Showing your dog can run the gamut from participating in occasional local obedience competitions to competing in major dog shows. It can be a fun pastime or a very serious hobby. In the U.S., many dog shows are affiliated with the American Kennel Club (AKC). The American Kennel Club, or AKC, is a non-profit registry founded in 1884, to support the sport of purebred dogs. Showing your dog at AKC shows involves following a list of specific criteria.

Under the umbrella of the AKC, there are almost 5,000 dog clubs in the U.S. that share the interest of and love for purebred dogs, and hold events and educational programs. Many of these clubs hold dog shows throughout the year. The AKC holds conformation events for all recognized breeds, as well as specialty events such as agility competitions, Coondog events, lure coursing, herding trials, hunting tests, and more. Some of these competitions are held by the AKC itself, others by registered clubs affiliated with the AKC. More information on these events can be found on the AKC website at