The official term for dog shows is conformation -- as in, the act of conforming or producing conformity. While a dog show may look like a beauty pageant, it's not. Dogs are not being compared to each other; they're being measured by how closely they conform to the standard of their particular breed. Why? Because the closer a dog's appearance is to the breed's standard, the better that dog's ability will be to produce puppies that meet the standard. 

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Achiever Dog

The Achiever Dog program is a way to introduce and encourage dogs and owners to try a variety of sports. Dogs that are awarded a placement or earn a qualifying score in three different sports will receive a certificate. 

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Counting points
To become an AKC champion, 15 points are required. For more information, go to

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