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    Is there anyone that shows dogs here? I am interested in finding out more information on what is required etc before i get my new pup (still many months away) so that i can make a decision on buying just a pet,or a show dog. Ive been to a couple of dog shows in the past just out of curiosity many years ago,and a friends parents used to take their sheep to the Melbourne show for judging there also,but being a teenager at that time i wasnt interested in sheep,more the rides and showbags haha.

    Im in Gippsland so would like to find out if there is any other shows more local to me in which to start out with (will google those also but prefer to get info direct from you guys who seem to know so much).

    Thanks.

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    Google Dogs Victoria and contact them or look on their website to find dog shows. You could even buy a journal which lists shows. But they'd probably be happy to look up some for you.

    First thing you have to do is notify your breeder that you may be interested in showing as not all pups in a litter are of show standard. And even then it is very hard to guarantee that any 8 week old puppy as it grows is going to be a good enough specimen to be competitive in the show ring.

    Your puppy will need to be Full Register and you will need to become a member of Dogs Victoria (if that's where your from) or Dogs NSW if your from NSW etc.

    Unless you want to be limited to the neuter class your dog/bitch must be entire.

    I think it's a good idea to go and have a look at the shows and see what it's all about.

    The training of dogs for the breed ring is becoming more precise too, so there is some training and ring craft involved, but your breeder may be able to put you in touch with someone that can give you tips.

    That's the basics.

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    you took the words out of my mouth MAC lol

    Breeding, Showing, Training and general crazy making!!!
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    Plus if you go to shows try and meet up with someone there who knows what's going on as it can be a bit mystifying otherwise. Someone explaining it to you as it happens makes it all much clearer.

    If you do go along and have a stickybeak, the dogs are judged in their groups - gundogs, toys, hounds etc and they are judged in alphabetical order. In hounds for example Afghans are first and Whippets last.

    So if if you're interested in particular breeds you can make sure you don't miss them. Not all breeds will be represented at all shows - it just depends who enters.

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    Dog shows are a lot of fun for both the dog and the owner.

    I like the social side of it... I have been going to dog shows since I was 3 years old so you get to know a lot of people and make some great friends.
    These days we usually bring along a bottle of wine to summer shows and either celebrate or commiserate once judging is over

    Here is the website for the Canine Association of Victoria:
    DOGS Victoria - VCA - Purebred dog and puppy breeding, training, showing and trialling

    Just click on the link on the right to "Dogs Victoria Membership" and fill out the PDF form.

    MAC has pretty well covered everything...
    With showing basically there are 7 groups of dogs (hounds, terriers, toys etc)
    You dog will fall into one of these groups.

    You take your dog out into the ring when they call your number and you listen to the judges instructions. They might ask you to go "round to the table" meaning you run your dog in a circle until you get to a table set up in the ring.
    If you have a tabled breed, you pick it up and stack it on the table. If not, you stack your dog on the ground in front of it.

    The judge will go over your dog, and then give you some more instructions... usually 'out and back' or a 'triangle'

    Depending on how many of your breed there is you might have to go in the ring up to 3 times before Best of Breed is awarded.
    Bitches are judged, then dogs, then both together.

    Once Best Of Breed has been determined, you wait until all the other breeds have been judged, then you will have to go back in the ring for Best of Group. These are the best dogs of each breed in your group.

    Judge will pick his Best in Group winner (and runner-up) Then it's another wait until Best in Show (The best dog from each 7 groups)

    There are also classes such as puppy, junior, intermediate, open etc which are all judges similar, but we won't go into those

    As for local shows, the easier way would be to talk to someone who shows to find out where the local shows are. Or if you plan on joining the VCA (Victorian Canine Association) then they will send you out a gazette with all the upcoming shows in it (this is also how you enter shows)

    When you join you should also receive an entry book. To fill this in you need information like your dogs registered name, sire and dams name, your membership number, etc

    I can't help with Vic but there are usually handling classes of some sort in each state to help you learn right and wrong ways to show a dog.

    Also, stock up on fancy suits, showing a dog in grubby jeans a t-shirt isn't a good look. Smart casual is fine, but I don a full suit... I just think it completes the 'package' better.

    I think that's it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    Dog shows are a lot of fun for both the dog and the owner.

    I like the social side of it... I have been going to dog shows since I was 3 years old so you get to know a lot of people and make some great friends.
    These days we usually bring along a bottle of wine to summer shows and either celebrate or commiserate once judging is over
    Me too! Love the bottle of wine after judging! Plus it gives me a bit of extra confidence in the group lines ups!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    Me too! Love the bottle of wine after judging! Plus it gives me a bit of extra confidence in the group lines ups!
    Oh yeah, big confidence booster... as long as you stick to just one glass, which is hard sometimes

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    Thanks all

    I did search showing on the internet,but i found it contained not nearly enough information,and i am now seriously considering getting a show dog,pre-paying a de-sexing,buying those 'pants' if my pup is a b!tch,and going to the Melbourne Show this year when the Japanese Spitz is being shown there,so i can view first hand. I realise that it is possible i may already have the pup by then,hense why i am now thinking of putting my name and deposit down on a show dog,but also have that pre-paid deposit down on a de-sexing in case i then change my mind and decide i dont wish to show.

    Regardless if i show or not,i think just going to a show and seeing it done will be an experience not to be missed,and one both myself and my daughter are looking forward to come September.

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    I have been researching Dalmatians and breeders for a while now. I don't plan on breeding or showing, but I plan on dogs club, fly ball, agility, obedience etc. So I will be more than happy with a Dally that doesn't quite meet breed standards.
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    You can always change your mind Red, lots of show quality dogs get desexed and live out their days as pets when their owner's circumstances change - and they're still happy dogs.

    Do you have any small shows nearby? The Royal will be very different to your normal smaller shows. The big Royals are great to go to though - don't get me wrong! There will be a higher entry of Jap Spitz as there will be interstate exhibitors as well. Most Royals are "benched shows" where the dogs are on public display for the whole day.

    If you can find someone near you - even if they have a different breed - that you can meet up with at a show you can get a really good feel for it that way. We always think of it like a picnic day out where we meet up with lots of friends, and the dog part is an added bonus!

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