CLASSES

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

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

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.

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

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

Open - For any dog of the breed, at least 6 months of age.

*The winners of each class advance to compete in the Winners Class.*

Winners - the dog judged as the best of all the classes, that are not yet champions. The winners dog and bitch advance to compete with dogs that are already champions for Best of Breed.

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

Best of Breed - the dog judged as the best in its breed category. The winner will advance to compete for Best in Group.  See below for Group definitions.

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

Best in Group the dog judged as the best in its group.  The winner will advance to compete for Best in Show. The Best in Group competition is what you see on most televised dog shows.

Best in Show the dog judged as the best in the entire dog show.  This is the best of the best on that day.
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