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    And wow! i couldnt imagine lifting him up on the table! lol sasha is only 10 1/2 and i find her like a huge teddy bear! lol

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    Yep, Cockers are tabled.

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    Your breeder will explain it all to you I'm sure, but basically the first time you go out with her she goes on the table (the ring steward will let you know where to go) so the judge can examine your dog (feeling under the coat).
    Then if you go back out again (for best of breed or a class in group etc) then she is stacked on the ground only, the judge has already been over her once so there is no need to re-table.

    The table is for 2 reasons...
    1) So the judge doesn't have to bend down to examine the dog, can you imagine going over 600 dogs and having to bend over to examine every single one, you back would be ruined.

    2) You never approach a small breed on the ground. It's an intimidation thing, even toy dogs with quite hardy temperaments can bawk when a stranger is towering over them touching them.

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    thanks crested!

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    I had a quick chat to the breeder last night and i asked her personal opinion on my girl, she said that i am very lucky to have her, that she is a wonderful example of a quality cocker and that they are glad i want to show because it would be sad not to let this gorgeous gorgeous girl in front of a judge. Sasha's breeder will be showing her sister in the same class.. she believes sasha will do better than her. I am shaking i am so nervous though

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    Oh wow, that is very exciting! I'm so happy for you it has turned out this way, hopefully you will have a lot of fun at the shows.

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    Just remember to keep it fun.....Some people get very serious showing. I like it to be fun for my dog, as they show better. I find showing much more relaxing then Obedience and have a great time with all the people I know.
    I am only a recent convert to showing and I found it all very complicated, as to know where to be and when. I have been lucky enough to also have had help from my Breeder and because I belong to the Kennel Cub, many people show and have helped.

    The bit that confused me was all the competitions within, maybe this will help you.....


    What are the different types of competition?

    Dogs and bitches are judged separately, with a maximum of seven different age classes with available placings of first, second or third, except at larger specialty shows where numbers of entries may go up to fourth and fifth, depending on the total entry.

    Some shows also conduct ‘sweepstakes’ competitions for two age groups – Babies (three to six months) and Puppies (six to 12 months).

    All dogs and bitches of every breed in the show are eligible to enter and compete against each other at the same time, usually as the first competition of the day.

    1. Challenge points

    Challenge points are only awarded at Championship Shows and are given to the Best Dog (called Challenge Dog) and Best Bitch (Challenge Bitch) for each breed. One hundred Challenge points are required before a dog can be awarded the title of Australian Champion. This title is retained for life and the initials Ch. become part of the dog’s registered name.

    Judging usually begins in all rings at the same time with the various breeds, followed by group judging, and then General Specials. In All Breed shows, dogs are judged alphabetically by breed according to Group classification.

    2. Best in Breed

    For each breed, dog classes are judged before bitch classes. The winners of each class, excluding Baby Puppy, compete for the Challenge if it is a Championship Show, or Best Dog of Breed if it is not.

    The dog selected as Challenge will then leave the ring and the dog that came second in the same class as the Challenge winner returns to the ring to compete for Reserve Challenge. Then the bitches are judged similarly.

    When the judging for Challenge and Reserve Challenge Bitch is completed the Challenge Dog re-enters the ring to compete with the Challenge Bitch for Best of Breed.

    Whoever wins this leaves the ring and is replaced by the Reserve Challenge of the same sex as the Best of Breed who then competes with the opposite sex Challenge winner for Reserve or Runner-up Best of Breed. The Best and Reserve Best of Breed automatically win their respective Class in Breed.

    The winners of each class then compete with the opposite sex winner of the same class for Class in Breed and the winners for each class then progress to compete for Class in Group.

    3. Best in Group

    When all the breeds in the group have been judged, then all Best of Breeds enter in alphabetical order to compete for the Best in Group. The Runner-up Best of Breed then comes in to compete against all other Best of Breed winners for the Runner-up Best in Group.

    Best in Group and Runner-up Best in Group winners are automatically the Best exhibit in whatever classes they were entered into. All other classes are then judged by having all winners for each particular age group compete for that Class in Group.

    4. General Specials (Best in Show)

    When all groups have been judged, the seven Best in Group winners enter the General Specials ring for Best in Show and the judging sequence of Best in Group is repeated.

    The Runner-up Best in Group to the Best in Group-winning dog or bitch that wins Best in Show comes in for Runner-up Best in Show. These two dog/bitches are automatically Best in Class in Show, and all other Class in Shows are judged in the same manner as the Class in Groups.


    And some links that describe the same thing

    OzPets.com.au - Conformation Dog Showing in Australia - Dog Articles

    Conformation Dog Showing in Australia - Dog Articles - Dogs.com.au

    Beginners Guide to Conformation
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    thanks newfsie i have read all that 10 times over on the dogsnsw site, it is a bit confusing but luckily sashas breeder will be there along the way for me. but thank you for going to the effort to post those for me

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    My OH has been coming to shows with me for about 5 years now... he still gets a bit confused sometimes
    If you are ever in doubt you can ask the steward or just hang around ringside and wait for your number to be called.
    They announce the numbers (which you wear pinned on you) very loudly so you know when they are ready for you to enter the ring.

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    Thanks guys, thank god for this forum! I am a bit nervous about how they will clip her and stuff... i love her "fluffy"...

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